The Ocean

Whale shark logs longest-recorded trans-Pacific migration

Little is known about the world's largest living fish, gentle giants reaching 12 meters (40 feet) in length. Researchers from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute...
Burning ice from the ocean floor

Burning ice from the ocean floor

Methane hydrate is a crystalline complex of water and methane that forms beneath the ocean floor. It resembles regular ice, but it can easily be...
Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea

Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea

We know more about the surface of the moon that we do about the bottom of the ocean. The sea floor is an alien landscape,...

Marine fish won an evolutionary lottery 66 million years ago

Why do our oceans contain such a staggering diversity of fish of so many different sizes, shapes and colors? A UCLA-led team of biologists reports...

Rising sea levels put Pacific salt marshes at risk for extinction, study finds

Climate change is dialing up the pressure on species around the world. Polar bears may be the most iconic example, but creatures from corals to...
Ocean’s deepest fish thrives 26,000 feet below surface

Ocean’s deepest fish thrives 26,000 feet below surface

The ocean’s deepest fish doesn’t look like it could survive in harsh conditions thousands of feet below the surface. Instead of giant teeth and a...
Why are There No sea Snakes in the Atlantic

Why are there no sea snakes in the Atlantic?

Sea snakes are an evolutionary success story. With about 70 species, they're the most diverse reptile group in the ocean, outnumbering sea turtle species...
How climate change weakens coral 'immune systems'

How climate change weakens coral ‘immune systems’

Stress upsets the natural bacterial balance that keeps them healthy If this winter finds you stressed out and fighting a sinus infection, then you know...
The ocean is losing its breath

The ocean is losing its breath — here’s the global scope

In the past 50 years, the amount of water in the open ocean with zero oxygen has gone up more than fourfold. In coastal water...
Dark ocean bacteria discovered to play large role in carbon capture

Dark ocean bacteria discovered to play large role in carbon capture

significant role in the global carbon cycle, according to a new study published in Science. The "dark ocean" - everything that lies below 200 meters - makes up...