Seamounts: Underwater Oases

Thousands of seamounts—most of them undersea volcanoes—tower above the muddy seafloor. They provide something hard to come by in the deep ocean: a solid surface to cling to. Corals, sponges, and other marine animals attach themselves in dense colonies to seamount slopes. As the animals grow and reproduce, they create three-dimensional structures that provide homes for other creatures. Crabs, sea lilies, and brittle stars climb aboard to gather food. Currents well up and swirl around, serving up a constant supply of nutrients and plankton.

From Submarines to Robots: Exploring the Deep Ocean

Alvin, a human occupied vehicle (HOV), returns to the ship after a deep ocean dive. Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration Filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer James Cameron on March 25, 2012, became the first human...

What is the Largest Squid? A Squid Size Diversity Chart

Squids come in a wide range of sizes, from smaller-than-your-thumb to the enormous giant squid. Giant squid grow up to 16 meters (50 feet). Learn more the life, range, and ecology of the giant squid in the Giant Squid...

The Bridge: Lessons

Links to lesson plans for elementary and middle school classrooms from The Bridge, a joint program of Virginia Sea Grant, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the National Marine Educators Association that aims to...

The Bridge- Scuttlebutt listserv

"Scuttlebutt," the Bridge discussion list, is a forum for marine educators to talk informally about marine education ideas, issues, and questions.

The COOL classroom

The COOL Classroom is a series of Internet-based instructional modules that link middle and high school classrooms with active research investigations at the Rutgers Marine & Coastal Sciences COOLroom, a collaboration of...

The Sea Around You

The sea is all around you, even if you live inland, far from the coast. The center of The Sea Around You is an interactive map that pinpoints where the sea is --and it's in places you least expect, like Yankee Stadium, the...

Fish Watch

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s U.S. seafood facts website that helps the public understand the management and science requirements involved with building and maintaining sustainable fisheries

Sharks Threatened by Finning

This photo of a freshly cut dorsal fin from a scalloped hammerhead shark ( Sphyrna lewini ) , was taken in 2006 on a long-lined fishing boat in Cocos Island, 300 miles off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Cocos was declared...