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Pharaoh cuttlefish expertly mimic hermit crabs

Camouflage is common in cephalopods like squid, octopuses, and cuttlefish, but these pharaoh cuttlefish, hatched in a lab for a University of Ryukyus study led by Kohei Okamoto, camouflage in a surprising way: They pr...

The world’s largest collection of whale bones

The world's largest collection of whale bones—sperm whale, gray whale, massive blue whales—and a bunch of ancient whale fossils from extinct species are stored in this warehouse in Maryland. It's a whale bone warehous...

How dead is the Great Barrier Reef?

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world and the only living structure visible from space. Although ecosystem managers in Australia have worked hard to preserve the reefs, the past ...

Dr. Sylvia Earle, world-renowned oceanographer and explorer

If there is unofficial royalty in the field of science, little doubt exists that 81-year-old oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle claims one of the highest ranks... Her stories sound like biology class fairy tales—she's liv...

A molting blue crayfish

The National Lobster Hatchery uploaded this incredible sped up footage of a molting cobalt blue crayfish (Procambarus alleni). Watch as it wriggles to free itself of its outer layer. From Reference.com: Crayfish m...

A blue whale lunges for krill

How can the largest creatures on the planet survive by almost exclusively eating some of the smallest creatures in the sea? In this video from Oregon State University, we get a very rare look at how blue whales eat ti...

A pacific razor clam burrows rapidly into the sand

Watch as a pacific razor clam (Siliqua Patula) rapidly burrows into the sand with its large foot. When it's almost completely buried, it ejects spouts of water, a reaction that a variety of razor clams are known for. ...

How to wait for a very long time

"How to wait for a very long time is a short film about a fisherman who is obsessed with catching a certain fish. His whole life he tries to make a big haul, but just catches other fishes instead. Over time he gets fr...

The differences between a living and a dead sand dollar

How can you tell if a sand dollar is dead or alive? Sand dollars are flat sea urchins that burrow into the soft sand. When alive, their undersides are full of "velvet-textured spines" covered with cilia, a latin word ...

When Your Job Is Saving The Ocean | How She Works

On her dive days as a marine biologist for The Bay Foundation, Ariadne Reynolds is usually scuba diving in the Santa Monica Bay for three 1-1.5 hour stretches as she observes urchins and kelp growth, and measures ever...

Beauty and the Feast: When Herring Come to Spawn

Every spring, nature puts on a breathtaking display on the British Columbia coast. The waters turn milky white as millions of male herring release sperm, while the female fish lay billions of pinhead-sized eggs. Both ...

Under The Dock, a marine life series by Hakai Institute

Described as a fearsome predator on the British Columbia coast, sunflower sea stars "can grow to a diameter of one meter, and have a voracious appetite for all sorts of animals on the rocky reef." From Hakai Institute...

A Protula bispiralis (red fan worm) opening in real time

Set to the MIT Chamber Chorus performing O Fortuna from Carmina Burana, this is a Protula bispiralis or red fan worm opening in real time. The clip is via marine biologist Christopher Mah who suggests that "you will p...

Two beautiful humpback whales dance

"Dance in the animal world is little understood," explains Sir David Attenborough in this video from the BBC's Animal Attraction, yet here we get to witness it as two humpback whales seem to dance together and repeat ...

Born Like Stars: An egg-brooding squid and its hatchlings

In this archive video captured by Tiburon, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), we see the first footage of baby squid being hatched into the deep sea -- their n...

The pointy-nosed blue ratfish Hydrolagus trolli

This is the mysterious Hydrolagus trolli, also known as the pointy-nosed blue ratfish or ghost shark. The Northeast Pacific ocean footage is a first in observing a living Hydrolagus trolli in the Northern Hemisphere. ...

Swimming Feather Starfish

The video above was filmed by Pim Van Schendel who saw the swimming feather starfish -- a crinoid, meaning "lily-like" in Greek -- during a dive in Indonesia. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, video below, fossi...

The Snail-Smashing, Fish-Spearing, Eye-Popping Mantis Shrimp

The mantis shrimp is a fascinating creature. One kind impales prey with a spear-like appendage and another smashes prey with a built-in club — the fastest attack in the animal kingdom. "At 30 times faster than the bli...

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