Marine Life

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.


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?

How giant squid process visual information has long been a mystery, but a new study finds their visual processing is surprisingly uncomplicated.

If you thought this underwater creeper looked heartless, you're actually not that far off.

In the first-ever video of its kind, two male cuttlefish in the wild go head-to-head over a coveted mate.

How squid brains process their external visual skin communication is fascinating, complex, and unlike anything in the vertebrate world.

It's not easy being a starfish larva. Fortunately, the tiny creatures have an efficient way to get food and swim away.

It sounds crazy, but it's happened before, and it'll probably happen again.

Bruce Lee has nothing on these boxer crabs.

New fossil analysis details a microscopic organism from 540 million years ago that just might be a precursor to every vertebrate on the planet.

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.

Mining rare minerals from the breeding ground of these newly discovered creatures could endanger their habitat. But hey, then we get batteries.

Turns out that strange sound may be minke whales getting vocal in the deep ocean.

Scientists have discovered for the first time that animals pollinate flowers in the ocean.

When it comes to food, cuttlefish are pros at picking the more filling meal.

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.

Despite its cartoonish visage, yes, this is a real animal. This recently spotted stubby squid was so charming he inspired poetry.

A Massachusetts fisherman recently caught a blue lobster, which had us wondering how rare this crustacean really is.

Western Australia Museum is hosting a naming contest for this fascinating new nudibranch species.

Scientists until recently believed Octopuses & Co. were colorblind. If that were the case, how could the animals create such vivid physical color displays?

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.

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.

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.

And that price is a tapeworm infection.

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.

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.