Today's Catch

Restocking Giant Clams

Giant clams are one of the many wonders of coral reefs. They can grow up to five feet wide, weigh over 400 pounds, and live for 100 years! They power all that bulk by filter feeding microbes and particles from the water, siphoning hundreds of...
This queen parrotfish scrapes algae from Caribbean reefs with its parrot-like beak.

Queen Parrotfish

Munch, munch. The queen parrotfish ( Scarus vetula ) scrapes algae from Caribbean coral reefs with its parrot-like beak. While feeding, hard stone and coral inevitably get mixed into its lunch, which in turn gets ground up by the fish and deposited...
Riftia tubeworm (Riftia pachyptila) colonies near hot spring.

Tubeworms on a Hydrothermal Vent

Riftia tubeworm ( Riftia pachyptila ) colonies grow where hot, mineral-laden water flows out of the seafloor in undersea hot springs—such as the Guymas Basin of the Gulf of California at 2,000 meters (6562 feet), where MBARI took this photo. As...
A shortfin mako glides through the waters off the coast of California.

Shortfin Mako Shark

The shortfin mako shark ( Isurus oxyrinchus) is found offshore in tropical and warm temperate waters of all oceans, but has been known to travel to cooler waters at times. It is very strong and the fastest known species of shark, reaching moving...
Freshly cut dorsal fin from a scalloped hammerhead shark held by fisherman with knife.

Sharks Threatened by Finning

This photo of a freshly cut dorsal fin from a scalloped hammerhead shark ( Sphyrna lewini ) , was taken in 2006 on a long-lined fishing boat in Cocos Island, 300 miles off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Cocos was declared a UNESCO World Heritage...
The dwarf lantern shark sits in a human hand.

Dwarf Lantern Shark

The smallest shark, a dwarf lantern shark ( Etmopterus perryi ) is smaller than a human hand. It's rarely seen and little is known about it, having only been observed a few times off the northern tip of South America at depths between 283–439 meters...
A red and white colored bristle worm swims in the water column.

A Striped Deep Sea Worm

In Antarctica's Southern Ocean swims a beautiful polychaete (bristly worm) called Tomopteris carpenteri , which is adorned with alternating red and transparent bands. The largest species in its genus, it it found throughout the water column,...
The squidworm has 10 tentacle-like appendages on its head.

The Squidworm - A New Species

In the Coral Triangle, a biodiverse area between Indonesia and the Philippines, scientists discovered this swimming polychaete (bristly worm), which they have dubbed the "squidworm." Using a remotely operated vehicle, the researchers with the Census...
This jewel squid (Histioteuthis bonnellii) lives above the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Jewel Squid

This beautiful jewel squid ( Histioteuthis bonnellii ) can be found swimming above the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, at depths of 500-2,000 meters (1,640-6,562 feet). The “jewels” covering the body are bioluminescent photophores. But these squids can't...
Salps are tube-shaped, soft, transparent animals that swim through the ocean, straining out plant food as they go.

Antarctic Salps

Climate and sea changes in the Southern Ocean create conditions that favor the growth of salps over krill , the latter of which are a vital food source for seals, whales, and penguins. Salps are filter-feeding tunicates that float through the water...

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