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Apr

4 new ‘killer sponges’ discovered in PacificUnlike the majority of their filter-feeding cousins, these deep-sea carnivorous sponges hook in their prey to slowly digest it.

4 new ‘killer sponges’ discovered in Pacific
Unlike the majority of their filter-feeding cousins, these deep-sea carnivorous sponges hook in their prey to slowly digest it.

16

Apr

Meet the Marine Big 5 of South AfricaGansabaai, South Africa is the primary habitat for 5 of the world’s most endangered marine animals. Here are facts about each of them.

Meet the Marine Big 5 of South Africa
Gansabaai, South Africa is the primary habitat for 5 of the world’s most endangered marine animals. Here are facts about each of them.

15

Apr

Jamaica beats back lionfish with knife and forkIf you can’t beat them, eat them; Jamaica happily reports large drop in sightings of this invasive species.

Jamaica beats back lionfish with knife and fork
If you can’t beat them, eat them; Jamaica happily reports large drop in sightings of this invasive species.

01

Apr

19 bizarre and beautiful starfish species
Who knew that starfish could come in so many shapes and colors … and with so many arms!

24

Mar

Report finds unbelievable waste in 9 major fisheriesWhales, dolphins, whales, sharks and millions of fish die as bycatch in fishing nets every year, according to Oceana.

Report finds unbelievable waste in 9 major fisheries
Whales, dolphins, whales, sharks and millions of fish die as bycatch in fishing nets every year, according to Oceana.

21

Mar

Lady Gaga has nothing on these bizarre marine worms
Marine zoologist and photographer Alex Semenov has a talent for capturing extraordinary portraits of underwater life, and he doesn’t disappoint with his latest collection documenting the wonderful (and strange) world of polychaetes!

14

Mar

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Asterina pectinifera - Alexander Semenov 

04

Mar

Sea turtles make their annual run for the water
March signals the beginning of the annual sea turtle nesting season in Florida, where loggerhead and green sea turtles are found in numbers not seen anywhere else in the United States. Check out these amazing photos.

19

Feb

Does an octopus make a good pet?The intelligent, 8-legged cephalopods are gaining popularity in home aquariums, but not everyone thinks they’re suited for life in captivity.

Does an octopus make a good pet?
The intelligent, 8-legged cephalopods are gaining popularity in home aquariums, but not everyone thinks they’re suited for life in captivity.