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The benefits of sea cucumber poop

There are about 1,250 different species of sea cucumber across the world's oceans. This is Thelenota anax. And yes, it's doing what you think it's doing. Sea cucumber poop is surprisingly important for the ecosystem. ...

These stunning sea slugs steal ‘weapons’ from their ingested hydroid prey

Bright blues, vibrant yellows, blazing oranges, striking reds, rich purples, electric greens, hot pinks, and some milky pastels, all in pops, spots, stripes, and bold color fields. These colors belong to around 3,000 ...

Scallops have lots of tiny eyes that act like tiny telescopes

Things you may not know about the marine bivalve molluscs called Pectinidae or scallops, as seen in the Hakai Institute video above: 1. They can swim freely for short distances to escape predators or relocate them...

Octopus 101: Communication, breathing, and puzzle-solving

You may know that octopuses change color to camouflage, but can these kaleidoscopic displays also communicate their "emotions?" And how do octopuses even change colors? Cephalopod aquarist Candace is back with our gia...

How is a nautilus different from a squid?

Nautiluses are amazing creatures. They've survived five mass extinctions and can learn and remember, as demonstrated in maze experiments. They're also cephalopods, but they do a lot of things differently from octopuse...

How To Grow Coral

When visitors at Georgia Aquarium gaze upon the diverse array of colorful corals, [biologist Kim] Stone says many mistake the often stationary specimens for beautiful rocks. But corals are actually living animals—they...

Rebuilding the world’s coral reefs with coral farming

Coral are the backbone of the whole tropical ecosystem and if they disappear we’re in a lot of trouble says Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation. The pseudo-farmer has spent a lot of time in the w...

The Stomphia coccinea sea anemone can swim

This sea anemone is in danger. A dermasterias sea star is coming to devour it in the sped up footage above. But hop, wobble, squirm, shimmy! The sea anemone is off and away, launching a wiggly escape from the predator...

Weedy sea dragons exchange eggs from female to male

Weedy sea dragons (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus) are beautiful creatures who, like their seahorse relatives, transfer care of their developing young to the father until they mature. The actual exchange of weedy sea dragon...

A twisted squid, as seen by the NOAA Okeanos Explorer crew

This twisted squid was, at first, hard to identify because of its unusual, Nautilus-like folded pose, but the NOAA Okeanos Explorer expedition crew was able to get a better look from a different angle. The footage, ta...

A bioluminescence expert catches a jumbo squid on camera for Blue Planet II

How do you catch sight of a jumbo squid deep underwater? Travel down in a submersible, use red light to see—most deep-sea creatures can't see red light—and then, to attract larger predators, flash the 'SOS' light patt...

Never-before-seen footage of baby clownfish hatching

This never-before-seen footage of baby clownfish hatching, is fascinating and rather adorable. Like tiny eyeballs in sacks attached to a rock, these little larvae wobble in the water's currents. With some help from th...

Cephalopod aquarists film tiny chambered nautilus hatchlings

After incubating over 150 nautilus eggs for more than 14 months, Monterey Bay Aquarium cephalopod aquarists are filming these tiny, fully-formed baby chambered nautiluses as they hatch in the aquarium's behind-the-sce...

Becoming Visible: Shattering stereotypes & misconceptions in science

The University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History celebrated 100 years of inspiring people to care about life on Earth in 2017. To mark the closing of an era and the beginning of a new century, UF News pro...

How glow-in-the-dark jellyfish inspired a scientific revolution

In science, ideas are kind of like seeds. If you're lucky, a seed will grow and expand the boundaries of human knowledge. But it's hard to know which seeds will take root. Take any invention or modern innovation and i...

Coral Spawning at Australia’s National Sea Simulator

Corals on the Great Barrier Reef spawn at the end of each year, a few nights after the full moons in November and December. BioQuest Studios teamed up with AIMS researchers at the National Sea Simulator to capture tha...

Why (and how) do whales sing?

Whale vocalizations are a bit of a mystery. We know that only the males of some baleen whales sing, but we're not sure what those compositions—specifically structured phrases and melodies that repeat and evolve within...

Fish paralyzed by Man O’ War tentacles – Blue Planet II

The tentacles of the Portuguese Man o' war (Physalia physalis) are beautiful as they float down into the water... but fish and humans, beware: These tentacles are venomous. They can sting, and they catch and reel in f...

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