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.
Box Jellyfish: World's Most Venomous Sea Creature
Stinging 'Sea Lice' Invading Atlantic Beaches
Jellyfish Don't Have Brains, But They Still Sleep
Why No Fish Wants a Tongue-eating Parasitic Louse in its Mouth
Pistol Shrimp: The Fastest Gun in the Sea
The Amazing Mantis Shrimp Punches Its Prey, Plus More Colorful Facts
Giant African Land Snails Invade South Florida Again
The Cone Snail Is a Slow, but Highly Venomous, Predator
The Tiny Blue-ringed Octopus Is the Ocean's Deadliest
How Do Eels Reproduce?
Sailfish Are Super-fast, Stunning and Smart Ocean Predators
The Deep Ocean Giant Isopod Looks Like a Huge Roly-poly Bug
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Beautiful, graceful, majestic: Such highfalutin words might seem befitting of a mermaid, but a manatee? Perhaps our humble friends deserve a bit more credit. After all, they are known to stoke the imagination of a lonely seafarer or two.
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The death adder is native to Australia, New Guina and nearby islands. This relatively short, stocky snake has a triangular head, tapering tail and long fangs, the longest of any Australian snake.
A friend of mine gave me a package of Sea Monkeys as a gag gift for my birthday. I grew them, and they look nothing like the package but they really are alive! What are these things?
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As you observe jellyfish twirl underwater, it's difficult not to be mesmerized by their graceful movements. But if their tentacles touch your skin, you'll regret being anywhere near these gelatinous blobs.
Squid have been featured in sailing myths and legends for more than 300 years. They're swift, agile and surprisingly intelligent creatures with brains larger in proportion to their bodies than most fish and reptiles have. Learn about all squid, squid anatomy and how big squid can can actually get.