Today's Catch

A yellow moray eel inside of a sea sponge in the waters off of Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand

Moray Waits for a Meal

A yellow moray eel, Gymnothorax prasinus , inside of a sea sponge in the waters off of Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand. Photographer Brian Skerry takes an artistic eye to his underwater photography, such as the blurred yellow illuminating the...

Ocean Optimism Video - Slow Down For Right Whales

Whaling, beginning in the 1600s, killed thousands of North Atlantic right whales and their tendency to feed at the ocean’s surface within 50 miles of shore made them easy targets. They were hunted so persistently that, by some estimates, less than...
This lizardfish rests on the bottom, waiting to snatch prey.

Deepsea Lizardfish

This lizardfish (Bathysaurus ferox) rests on the ocean bottom with its head slightly elevated—waiting to snatch prey with its large mouth and sharp teeth. It lives at depths of 600-3,500 meters (1,969-11,483 feet) and grows up to 64 centimeters (25....
A longshoreman standing in front of a large pile of oyster shells on waterfront pier in Atlantic City in 1910.

Counting Mountains of Oysters

A longshoreman stands in front of a large pile of oyster shells on waterfront pier in Atlantic City in 1910. Back then, oysters were incredibly abundant. In the late 1800s, fishermen pulled in 10 million bushels of oysters each year but, by the mid-...
Nuclear bomb in Bikini Atoll

Nuclear Bombs on the Coral Reef

On March 1, 1954, the United States military tested nuclear bombs in the ocean around Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean to see what kind of damage they would do to ships. The largest explosion was set off 90 feet underwater: nicknamed "Castle Bravo...

Coral Comeback

Diverse and beautiful, coral reefs have been in the ocean for almost 500 million years. They only make up one-tenth of one percent of the ocean floor, yet up to 25 percent of marine creatures rely on coral reefs for survival. They form the basis of...
The spanish dancer is one of the largest species and best swimmers of the nudibranchs.

The Spanish Dancer

The Spanish dancer is one of the largest species and best swimmers of the nudibranchs. Nudibranchs are mollusks who don't have shells in their adult stage. When the Spanish dancer swims, the wide edges of its mantle (the parapodia) are pushed...
Sea Turtle

Green Sea Turtle

A diet of algae and seagrasses gives this turtle ( Chelonia mydas ) greenish colored fat—and its name. Weighing as much as 500 pounds, the threatened green sea turtle lives its life at sea, with only females coming to shore to lay eggs. See a...
Nine small invertebrates held on two fingers.

A Handful of Biodiversity

Fitting nine of anything on two fingers is impressive. These mollusks and echinoderms are a teeny-tiny sample of the ocean's biodiversity. The Census of Marine Life estimates that there are at least one million species of plants and animals in the...

Anemone Feeding Time

Anemones are known for serving as homes for Nemo and countless other small fish and invertebrates. But these Cnidarians (in the same phylum as jellyfish and same class as corals ) have a long journey before they end up permanently stuck to a rock...

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