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 kindest thing you can say about a sea cucumber's physique is that it looks very much like a large hoagie bun dressed in a lumpy old sweater.
By Jesslyn Shields Oct 17, 2018
Sea lice aren't actually lice — they're jellyfish — but they're no fun when they get in your bathing suit.
By Jesslyn Shields Jul 6, 2018
You can't tell a book by its cover, and you can't tell a squid by its Nosferatu getup.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 11, 2018
Sea spiders don't do anything by the book, and researchers have just gotten to the bottom of how they breathe.
By Jesslyn Shields Jun 1, 2018
Researchers have successfully used RNA to transfer a memory from one sea snail to another.
By Jesslyn Shields May 25, 2018
By incorporating algae into their bodies, these beautiful sea slugs become one of the few animals with the photosynthetic ability of a plant.
By Amanda Onion May 10, 2018
Snails can't pick and choose their shells like hermit crabs can. In fact, eviction means death. So how do those hard shells form over snails?
By Mark Mancini May 3, 2018
To boil or not to boil ... that is the question.
By John Donovan Jan 17, 2018
Crocodiles are known to eat just about anything. But sharks? A scientific team found evidence that they've chowed down on those predators too.
By Mark Mancini Nov 2, 2017
Don't think you have much in common with a jellyfish? What researchers just discovered may surprise you.
By Laurie L. Dove Sep 29, 2017
Researchers discover site of 15 gloomy octopus, a species that has previously been known for being reclusive.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Sep 27, 2017
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
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