Today's Catch

Aug 30, 2012
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Su Yin Khoo (Flickr user kyusin)

These southern elephant seals ( Mirounga leonina ) may look like beach bums, but when they are in the water hunting, they are anything but. Satellite tracking by tagging the animals has found that, during the 10 months they spend at sea, elephant seals spend most of their time underwater, hunting fish and squid at depths of 1,300 to 3,300 feet (400 to 1,000 meters). In the deep water, it is very...Read more
Aug 27, 2012
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Steve De Neef, Antwerp, Belgium www.stevedeneef.com

"I was photographing this beautiful school of jacks when a diver slowly approached from beneath. I shifted my position to capture the moment he entered the ball of fish. Seconds later, he was completely immersed in the school.” -- Nature's Best photographer, Steve De Neef See a slideshow of other photos from the 2011 Nature's Best Photography Ocean Views Contest .Read more
Aug 24, 2012
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E. Widder, ORCA (www.teamorca.org)

Blackdevil fish ( Melanocetus johnsonii ) are quintessential monsters from the deep . The female lurks in the dark, drawing in prey with her glowing lure, while the male attaches to her like a blood-sucking parasite. Females can swallow prey larger than their own bodies.Read more
Aug 23, 2012
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NASA/NOAA GOES Project

Even when viewed from space, Hurricane Irene looks sizable. When a NASA satellite took this image on August 23, 2011 the storm was 410 miles in diameter, with clouds covering eastern Cuba. Irene is the first Atlantic hurricane of 2011. Read about the science of predicting hurricanes in a blog post by University of Rhode Island oceanographer Isaac Ginis.Read more
Aug 22, 2012
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© 2008 Richard Ling

The largest of the cuttlefish species, Australian Giant Cuttlefish ( Sepia apama ) delight scientists each year as they gather in masses to spawn in northern Spencer Gulf, northwest of Adelaide in Australia. To learn about the giant squid, a relative of the giant cuttlefish, go to our Giant Squid featured story .Read more
Aug 16, 2012
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Enric Sala / National Geographic

Enric Sala has spent much of his career looking for the ocean's "time machines" -- areas rich in biodiversity and largely unaffected by humans. In this recorded webcast , Sala, a National Geographic Ocean Fellow, takes the audience to the ocean's last wild places and tells us what scientists are trying to learn from them. This picture, taken by Sala, shows a congregation of blacktip reef sharks...Read more
Aug 14, 2012
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NOAA

Large numbers of grey reef sharks ( Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos ) were observed at Jarvis Island, an uninhabited Pacific island, during the 2010 Pacific RAMP expedition of the NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai . But most reefs don't have so many sharks. Read about it in the blog post " Reef Sharks Repelled by People ."Read more
Aug 13, 2012
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© Robert Purdy/Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

An array of teeth from the sand tiger shark Carcharias taurus . The Smithsonian has the largest collection of shark teeth in the world, with more than 90,000 fossil shark teeth. More about sharks and great whites can be found in our Great White Shark featured story .Read more
Aug 6, 2012
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Dr. Julian Finn, Museum Victoria

Deep-sea species like this dragonfish ( Bathophilus indicus ) live in cold, dark waters and may go weeks or months between meals. When food is found, the fish uses its impressive teeth—including some on its tongue—to get a tight grip on its prey.Read more
Aug 2, 2012
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© 2004 Smithsonian Institution

The longsnout seahorse ( Hippocampus reidi ) can be found near seagrasses, corals, sargassum and mangroves . These seahorses usually are between three to seven inches tall and could be threatened habitat destruction, bycatch and the collection and trading of the species.Read more

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