Today's Catch

May 4, 2012

FishWise Professional

The longspine seahorse ( Hippocampus histrix ), named for the spines covering its body, has a long snout and eyes that move independently of each other. Like other seahorses, the male carries the eggs and gives birth. Check out some other seahorse species - the pygmy seahorse and the longsnout seahorse .Read more
Apr 24, 2012

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA Research Permit #15488

Phoenix, the North Atlantic right whale whose replica hangs from the ceiling of the Sant Ocean Hall at the National Museum of Natural History, was sighted with a calf off of Amelia Island in Florida on February 22, 2012. Phoenix was first sighted in 1987 with her mother off the Georgia coast. Read more about right whales and Phoenix in our photo essay .Read more
Apr 20, 2012


NOAA is working with students across the globe to place floating buoys throughout the ocean through their Adopt a Drifter Program . The buoys will drift with the help of ocean currents and record the sea surface temperature and location of the buoy as they travel. The information gained from the buoys can help track oil spills, improve weather forecasts and better understand where animal and...Read more
Apr 13, 2012

Lori Johnston, NOAA

The Titanic's sinking around 100 years ago created a new underwater habitat for organisms: the wreck itself. One of these is a species of bacteria -- named Halomonas titanicae after the great ship -- that lives inside icicle-like growths of rust, called "rusticles." These bacteria eat iron in the ship's hull and they will eventually consume the entire ship, recycling the nutrients into the ocean...Read more
Mar 26, 2012

2007 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, All Rights Reserved

A deep-sea octopus wraps itself around a submersible’s robotic arm 2,300 meters (7,546 feet) down in the Gulf of Mexico. "Most octopuses will let you get close, maybe even touch them, but normally they'll try to run once the manipulator gets close," said Bruce Strickrott, pilot of the submersible Alvin . Explore more octopus content and learn more in our Deep Ocean Exploration section .Read more
Jan 26, 2012


'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 satellite was renamed 'Suomi NPP' on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin. Suomi NPP is NASA's next Earth-...Read more
Jan 26, 2012

Carl Buell/

Sirenians , or seacows, are a group of marine mammals that include manatees and dugongs . Currently, only a single species of seacow is found anywhere in the world. However, the fossil record of seacows, which dates back 50 million years, tells a different story. Researchers from Howard University and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History documented three instances in the geologic...Read more
Jan 26, 2012

Charles Paull c. 2003 MBARI

Geologist Charles Paull (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute) investigates geologic features similar to pingos (Earth covered ice mounds found in the Arctic) on the Arctic Ocean floor where methane—a powerful greenhouse gas—bubbles through sediments and forms hundreds of low hills. Read an MBARI feature story “Of Pingos and Pockmarks” and find out more about Charles Paull’s research .Read more
Jan 12, 2012
A white, elongated, and whorled wentletrap shell, seen from two angles.

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

Ari Daniel Shapiro is joined for this episode of One Species at a Time by serious beachcombers along the high-tide line of Sanibel Island, Florida. These “shellers” come in search of beautiful sea shells, sometimes no bigger than a grain of rice, that are the remains of marine snails, bivalves, and other mollusks. Along the beach and at the island's Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum , we learn why...Read more
Dec 16, 2011
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's "Line W" program is conducting research to better understand how the oceans and the atmosphere work together to cause, and are affected by, climate variability on the earth. Since 2001, a set of moored instruments and repeated research cruises across the Gulf Stream have helped form an unprecedented view of ocean circulation in a crucial part of the...Read more