Today's Catch

he pineapplefish has glowing organs that can be used to find prey at night.

I Found the Pineapple!

Is that fruit swimming in the ocean? Well it may look like fruit, but it's actually a pineapplefish ( Cleidopus gloriamaris ). Like the hard outer part of a pineapple, this fish also has an outer shell made of pineapple-like yellow scales. But that...
Photograph of many tiny transparent larval squid surrounding the head of a dissecting pin.

Squid Babies

These newly hatched arrow squid larvae ( Doryteuthis plei ) are each tinier than the head a pin. Free from their yolk sac, they will drift with the current out to sea as zooplankton. Many animals eat zooplankton, so few will survive to adulthood and...

Blackwater Drifting

Some of the most otherworldly animals—like those straight from a science fiction story—can be seen in the open ocean at night. By drifting in the blackwater in a scuba suit just under the surface, some 60 to 70 feet below, divers can film some of...
A blue cod and sea pens, a unique type of cnidarian, speckle the seafloor in New Zealand's Fiordland region.

Blue Cod Amongst Sea Pens

A blue cod and sea pens , a unique type of cnidarian , speckle the seafloor in New Zealand's Fiordland region.You can see more beautiful underwater photos from Brian Skerry in his image gallery .

Time Lapse Construction of the Smithsonian's Sant Ocean Hall

Watch the Smithsonian's Sant Ocean Hall come to life in this two minute time lapse video. The Sant Ocean Hall is the National Museum of Natural History's largest exhibit, providing visitors with a unique and breathtaking introduction to the majesty...
Two of the worlds largest jellyfish, the lions mane jellyfish, float together.

Extreme Jellyfish

The lion’s mane jellyfish ( Cyanea capillata ) is the largest among the jelly species, with the largest known specimen stretching across 120 feet (36.5 meters) from its top to the bottom of its tentacles. These tentacles contain large amounts of...

Can We Drink Our Salty Ocean?

An estimated 1.8 billion people will suffer from water scarcity by 2025. Looking for sources of water is becoming important and with oceans containing around 97% of Earth’s water, it would be nice if we could make use of its bounty. The ocean is...

Women in Oceanography

If you think only men can helm research vessels to get their hands dirty and study ocean currents, you're wrong. This short film follows the mostly-female scientists of the R/V Knorr research ship on an expedition to the Agulhas Current in the...
The deepest point on earth is the Mariana Trench.

Mariana Trench

If you want to explore the depths of the ocean, you may want to go to the deepest part: the Mariana Trench. This trench has a maximum depth of 11 kilometers (around 7 miles) and is almost five times wider than it is deep. The Mariana Trench is...
The giant pacific octopus can grow up to 600 pounds!

Revealing the Largest Octopus

Weighing 600 pounds (around 272kg) and having a 30 foot (around 9 meters) arm span, the largest recorded giant pacific octopus was truly enormous. Giant pacific octopuses are powerful predators that are able to eat anything from shrimps and lobsters...

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