Today's Catch

Cabo Pulmo World Heritage Biosphere Reserve

Cabo Pulmo is the northernmost coral reef in the eastern Pacific, and, at around 20,000 years old, it may be the oldest and most important reef in the American Pacific. The preservation of Cabo Pulmo is a local, national, and international success...

Shipwrecked!

NOAA Ocean Today explores shipwrecks! Ocean Exploration is all about new discoveries, and shipwrecks are one of the most fascinating expeditions of all. The unsinkable Titanic, the civil war ironclad USS Monitor, and literally millions of unknown or...
'Blue Marble' satellite image of the Earth

'Blue Marble' Image of the Earth

'Blue Marble' image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA's most recently launched Earth-observing satellite - Suomi NPP . This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth's surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP...
Two nautiluses in the open ocean off the coast of Palau.

A Couple of Nautiluses

These two nautiluses ( Nautilus belauensis ) are pictured off the coast of Palau in the Pacific Ocean. There are six living species of nautilus who live in chambered shells. As they get bigger, they move into a newly formed, larger section of the...
Close-up photograph of the face of a blue footed booby.

Blue-footed Booby

Blue-footed Boobies ( Sula nebouxii ) , common in the Galapagos Islands and other warm coastal areas of the Pacific, can catch flying fish in mid-air. Their blue feet are for fashion AND function. Male and female boobies wave their feet about in...
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...

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