Today's Catch

Jan 14, 2011
New technology is making it possible for scientists to go where they’ve never gone before, the depths of the icy Arctic Ocean . By collecting organisms and mapping the seafloor, researchers can discover the effects of climate change on this region and understand the relationship between the ice, water, and the seafloor. Explore other videos that capture the beauty and mystery of the ocean realm...Read more
Jan 14, 2011
Ocean conditions change every hour of every day. Tides, currents, and winds are constantly in flux. NOAA’s real-time data helps huge ships navigate safely under bridges and around obstacles. Explore other videos that capture the beauty and mystery of the ocean realm at NOAA Ocean TodayRead more
Jan 11, 2011
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Flickr User James Davidson (Creative Commons)

The National Oil Spill Commission has released findings from its investigation into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read the final report or watch the video summary . Then, save the date for the panel discussion One Year After the Gulf Oil Spill here at the Smithsonian and via live webcast on April 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm (EDT).Read more
Jan 6, 2011
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S. Harper, UAF, Hidden Ocean 2005, NOAA.

Several species of amphipod like this one, Gammarus wilkitzkii , live permanently within Arctic sea ice . These animals are endemic, meaning they only live here. They acclimate to a wide range of salt levels in the water using a physiological response called osmoregulation .Read more
Jan 4, 2011
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E. Siddon, UAF, Hidden Ocean 2005, NOAA

Hidden beneath Arctic ice is a world few have ever seen. Take the icy plunge with a team of ice-loving scientists.Read more
Dec 22, 2010
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Photo by Barry Brown, courtesy of The Curacao Seaquarium

Dr. Carole Baldwin, Smithsonian Curator of Fishes, and Adrien "Dutch" Schrier of the Curacao Seaquarium reflect the holiday spirit as they work off the coast of Curacao in the southern Caribbean.Read more
Dec 9, 2010
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Smithsonian Institution

The first underwater robotic vehicle—or “glider”—to cross an ocean is the centerpiece of a new exhibit at the Smithsonian. Rutgers University professor Scott Glenn explains that the technology is now being used to study the Gulf oil spill. Read more about the glider's historic Atlantic crossing, tracing the path of Christopher Columbus's Pinta .Read more
Dec 8, 2010
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Provided by Rutgers University

The first unmanned, underwater robot or glider Scarlet Knight maneuvers through the dangerous opposing and circular currents in swirling eddy fields of the Atlantic Ocean to collect data below the waves where satellites cannot see. A satellite communication system in the tailfin sent data to scientists each time the robot surfaced. The data fed a national information network, the U.S. Integrated...Read more
Dec 8, 2010
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Provided by Rutgers University

Scientists met the robotic glider Scarlet Knight about halfway along its journey of scientific exploration from the United States to Spain, discovering that barnacles were growing on the glider’s body, as this graphic illustrates. As algae began to grow on the glider’s exterior surface, small sea creatures attached, attracting larger ocean predators that could damage the glider. Scarlet Knight is...Read more
Nov 4, 2010
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James Watt, Seapics

The Papahānaumokuākea site in the United States was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2010. The site is a vast isolated cluster of small low-lying islands and atolls with its surrounding ocean. Apart from the deep cultural significance the site has for living Hawai'ians, it's important for its pelagic and deepwater habitats, which contain special features such as seamounts, submerged banks...Read more

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