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Plastic Munching Plankton

By | August 16, 2017

This giant larvacean can ingest microplastic pollution and poop it down to the sea floor.

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Researchers show that pinkie-size marine organisms can ingest and poop out microplastics, potentially transporting them to the depths.

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Pollution Drives Marine Reptile Color Change

By | August 11, 2017

The turtle-headed sea snake is losing its stripes, and researchers suggest that the change reflects adaptation to fouled oceans.

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image: Sea Spiders Breathe with Their Guts

Sea Spiders Breathe with Their Guts

By | July 10, 2017

These ocean-dwelling arthropods move oxygen through a digestive system in their legs.

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Image of the Day: Giant Shipworm

By | April 19, 2017

Kuphus polythalamia is a worm-like mollusk that can reach up to 155 cm in length, is encased in a hard, tusk-like shell, and lives in sulfur-rich mud.

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Image of the Day: Sonic Snapper

By | April 12, 2017

By rapidly snapping its large claw shut, the newly discovered pistol shrimp, Synalpheus pinkfloydi, can create enough sonic energy to stun—even kill—small fish.

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Image of the Day: Lighting Up the Sea

By | March 22, 2017

The Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) is a nocturnal predator with a light organ full of bioluminescent bacteria attached to an ink sac, which the animal uses to control the amount of light it releases.

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Image of the Day: Whale Watching

By | March 8, 2017

Scientists capture the True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus) on film for the first time.

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image: Image of the Day: Penguin Run

Image of the Day: Penguin Run

By | March 1, 2017

Little penguins (Eudyptula minor) live on the southeast coast of Australia, one of the global “hot spots” of marine diversity most severely affected by global warming.

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image: Image of the Day: Little Hermits

Image of the Day: Little Hermits

By | January 27, 2017

This newly discovered species of hermit crab, Pylopaguropsis mollymullerae, uses its massive right pincer to push itself along while crawling.

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