Today's Catch

Sep 19, 2010

Britta Monaco/Marine Photobank

Marine debris--or trash that has washed or been dumped into our ocean and coastal areas--is not only unsightly but can also pose a serious hazard for humans and marine life. On Bonaire, beach-goers made a trash sculpture from debris that came from as far away as South Africa. Make your own statement against marine debris by joining the annual International Coastal Clean-Up at a location near you...Read more
Sep 10, 2010
Caribbean boulder star coral (Montastrea cavernosa)


Each month, the Naked Oceans podcast invites a leading marine researcher to pick the "critter of the month" by asking: if you were a marine organism, which one would you be? This month, Dr. Nancy Knowlton , the Sant Chair for Marine Science at NMNH makes her pick: the Caribbean boulder star coral (Montastrea cavernosa) . Catch to the full podcast (and more episodes) on the Naked Oceans website .Read more
Aug 18, 2010

©2002 MBARI

Marine biologists from MBARI nicknamed this startlingly large jellyfish—which grows over one meter (three feet) in diameter—"big red." It would be hard to miss, except that it lives at depths of 650 to 1,500 meters (2,000 to 4,800 feet). Big red uses four to seven fleshy "feeding arms" instead of stinging tentacles to capture food and has been observed off the west coast of North America, Baja...Read more
Aug 10, 2010
a marine iguana, Amblyrhynchus cristatus

© Petr Baum

No iguana wants to be cooked alive on a hot rock and then served up as dinner for a Galapagos hawk. But it turns out the marine iguanas ( Amblyrhynchus cristatus ) have a strategy that warns them of the presence of hawks they can’t see. They learned to tune in to a kind of police scanner…the alarm calls of mockingbirds.Read more
Jul 29, 2010

© Oceana

Using a deep-diving ROV, the crew aboard Oceana’s research vessel Ranger were surprised to discover large colonies of deep-sea white coral in the Western Mediterranean Sea in July 2010. Most of the Mediterranean’s deep-sea coral reefs are already gone as a result of destructive fishing techniques such as bottom trawling.Read more
Jul 14, 2010
Mangroves abut blue ocean waters.

Eric Punkay/Marine Photobank

Follow researchers Candy Feller and Dennis Whigham from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center as they scramble, climb, crawl, and creep through the tangled roots of a mangrove forest. In this episode of the Podcast of Life , learn what’s threatening these unique ecosystems where the ocean meets the land. Studying these flooded forests is a challenge, but pursuing science in this strange...Read more
Jul 9, 2010

Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, D.C.

The arrows show the direction of ocean currents recorded by William Dampier while crossing “La Grande Mer du Sud”—the Pacific Ocean. The map appeared in Dampier’s second book, Voyages and Descriptions, published in early 1699.Read more
Jul 8, 2010
school of bluefin tuna


What is it like to be eyeball to eyeball with a fish the size of a Volkswagen? In this episode of the Podcast of Life , learn how a tuna fisherman and a biologist are teaming up to tag bluefin tuna , and how those tags are revealing surprises that might help save tuna from their own popularity in sushi restaurants.Read more
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