Today's Catch

Jun 14, 2010
Tube worms called riftia occupy a deep-sea vent

©2003 MBARI

In this episode of the Podcast of Life , host Ari Daniel Shapiro dives deep to discover a white worm as tall as your refrigerator that breathes through bright red feathery "lips." This isn’t a creature from outer space. Meet Riftia, a tube worm that lives in deep-sea vents, and learn the surprising lessons this denizen of the abyss is teaching scientists about life on Earth.Read more
Jun 11, 2010
Watch as Dr. Dallas Alston and a team of researchers study the effects of aquaculture at a fish farm near Puerto Rico. With careful planning and good daily practices, aquaculture can be part of a sustainable seafood strategy that helps feed people while protecting the environment. More about sustainable seafood can be found in our Sustainable Seafood featured story .Read more
Jun 9, 2010
The Deepwater Horizon disaster has imperiled the ecosystem along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Most oil spills have occurred at the ocean surface. This one, originating at the ocean floor and rising up through the water column, has the potential to affect the marine environment at every level. More about the Gulf oil spill can be found in our Gulf Oil Spill featured story .Read more
Jun 8, 2010

Stephanie Valentin and D. J. Patterson

Ari Daniel Shapiro is joined for this episode of The Podcast of Life by science contributor Josh Kurz, who tells the story of dinoflagellates through "music from the bottom of the food chain." There are "billions of these microscopic creatures in every bucket of the salty sea," Kurz reveals. Learn which dinoflagellate has a special glow, and which one is responsible for killing more people every...Read more
Jun 4, 2010


A screen capture from NOAA's NowCoast website which displays real-time weather data, including current speeds, projected hazards, temperature and wind speed. Real-time data is helping scientists work out how the oil spilled in the the 2010 Gulf oil spill will travel within and beyond the Gulf of Mexico.Read more
Jun 2, 2010
An illustration of a giant squid (Architeuthis dux)

Glenn Rankin/Smithsonian Institution

How do you get two dead Giant Squid the size of a school bus from a fishing boat in Spain to Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.? Call in the U.S. Navy! In this episode of the One Species at a Time , find out how Operation Calamari unfolded and how the museum managed to put their new giant squid on display.Read more
Jun 1, 2010

Smithsonian Archives

Models of a giant squid and an octopus hang over display cases in the "Lower Invertebrates" exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution Building ("the Castle") in 1901. The Smithsonian has been conducting marine science and building the world's largest marine collections for more than a century. Learn about the rich traditions and long-standing research of the National Museum of Natural History as we...Read more
May 27, 2010

Cedric Guigand, Univ. of Miami, RSMAS/Marine Photobank

This beautiful larval (baby) octopus was collected by scientists from the University of Miami during a research cruise in the Straits of Florida, a narrow channel between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. Explore more cephalopod content .Read more
May 22, 2010


Two divers, one in an atmospheric dive suit (left) and the other in standard dive gear (right), prepare to explore the Lusitania shipwreck in 1935. Over the decades, diving gear has evolved and changed, and its role in marine research has expanded . Scuba and other forms of diving have allowed scientists to explore places and encounter species otherwise hidden from human eyes.Read more
May 11, 2010
Coral reefs are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems.

Konstantin Tkachenko/Marine Photobank

Coral reefs are bustling cities of marine life, until rising ocean temperatures turn them into ghost towns. Can reefs spring back from devastating bleaching events? In this episode of the Podcast of Life , Ari Daniel Shapiro and researcher Dr. Randi Rotjan of the New England Aquarium, journey to the remote Phoenix Islands to find out.Read more