Marine life includes an incredible and vibrant array of wild animals that live in the ocean. From tiny phytoplankton to massive blue whales, marine life is a vital source of food, energy and life for the entire planet.
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The magnificent bryozoan is a colonial organism that lives in warm ponds and lakes usually east of the Mississippi River. So what's it doing in western Canada?
By Jesslyn Shields Sep 6, 2017
How giant squid process visual information has long been a mystery, but a new study finds their visual processing is surprisingly uncomplicated.
By Jesslyn Shields Jul 31, 2017
If you thought this underwater creeper looked heartless, you're actually not that far off.
By Chris Opfer Jul 19, 2017
In the first-ever video of its kind, two male cuttlefish in the wild go head-to-head over a coveted mate.
By Kate Kershner May 9, 2017
How squid brains process their external visual skin communication is fascinating, complex, and unlike anything in the vertebrate world.
By Jesslyn Shields Feb 28, 2017
It's not easy being a starfish larva. Fortunately, the tiny creatures have an efficient way to get food and swim away.
By Alia Hoyt Feb 21, 2017
It sounds crazy, but it's happened before, and it'll probably happen again.
By Joe McCormick Feb 20, 2017
Bruce Lee has nothing on these boxer crabs.
By Robert Lamb Jan 31, 2017
New fossil analysis details a microscopic organism from 540 million years ago that just might be a precursor to every vertebrate on the planet.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jan 31, 2017
The mysterious red fish, discovered and identified in 2015 and related to the seahorse, has finally been spotted alive in waters off Australia's coastline.
By Jesslyn Shields Jan 19, 2017
Mining rare minerals from the breeding ground of these newly discovered creatures could endanger their habitat. But hey, then we get batteries.
By Laurie L. Dove Jan 11, 2017
Turns out that strange sound may be minke whales getting vocal in the deep ocean.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Dec 23, 2016
Scientists have discovered for the first time that animals pollinate flowers in the ocean.
By Alia Hoyt Dec 13, 2016
When it comes to food, cuttlefish are pros at picking the more filling meal.
By Robert Lamb Sep 9, 2016
Consider the lobster feces: a new discovery about a midgut membrane and how lobsters consume toxic sea nettles could help develop more sustainable farming practices.
By Christopher Hassiotis Aug 25, 2016
Despite its cartoonish visage, yes, this is a real animal. This recently spotted stubby squid was so charming he inspired poetry.
By Christopher Hassiotis Aug 17, 2016
A Massachusetts fisherman recently caught a blue lobster, which had us wondering how rare this crustacean really is.
By Kathryn Whitbourne Aug 15, 2016
Western Australia Museum is hosting a naming contest for this fascinating new nudibranch species.
By Christopher Hassiotis Aug 15, 2016
Scientists until recently believed Octopuses & Co. were colorblind. If that were the case, how could the animals create such vivid physical color displays?
By Jesslyn Shields Jul 11, 2016
Baby fish rely on jellyfish to protect them from predators, but that delicate symbiosis is at risk as seawater CO2 levels rise due to human actions.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jul 7, 2016
Corals reefs have had a rough last few decades, but researchers have discovered a few reefs that are doing better than expected. And they're eager to learn why.
By Jonathan Strickland Jun 21, 2016
How can a rich ecosystem exist beneath water as muddy as that of the Amazon River's plume? The surprising discovery all has to do with physics and density.
By Jesslyn Shields Apr 28, 2016
And that price is a tapeworm infection.
By Robert Lamb Mar 18, 2016
The sea butterfly snail moves in Arctic waters in the same way as fruit flies through tropical air. This case of convergent evolution was uncovered by a new study.
By Christopher Hassiotis Feb 18, 2016
Whether they're busting open a child-proof medicine bottle or prying apart Mr. Potato Head, octopuses have some crazy brains. Actually, they have nine of them.
By Julia Layton Sep 15, 2015
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