Spotlight: Deep-Sea Coral Close-up From NOAA Ocean Exploration

NOAA's vessel Okeanos and its crew of scientists, researchers and mariners have been exploring seamounts in the Atlantic Ocean this month as part of the 2021 North Atlantic Stepping Stones: New England and Corner Rise Seamounts expedition. Thanks to fantastic livestreaming technology, we can watch what they're seeing in real-time as their ROV plies the … Continue reading Spotlight: Deep-Sea Coral Close-up From NOAA Ocean Exploration

Pic o’ the Week, Father’s Day Edition: Quite A Mouthful

“Mouthbrooding male fish are truly the ultimate stay-at-home dads. 'Paternal buccal incubation' may be a mouthful, but so is carrying every single one of your babies inside your mouth. Depending on the species, paternity leave lasts anywhere from a week (jawfish) to a month (cardinalfish) …” ~Lindsey Dougherty Yellowhead Jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) with eggs.Photo by … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week, Father’s Day Edition: Quite A Mouthful

Pic o’ the Week, World Ocean Day Edition: Emerald Ocean Dreamscape

An emerald wave crashes into the steel-blue sea, ocean water streams white down craggy coastal rocks, a seagull flies low, light fog blankets it all. This ethereal shot at Point Reyes by Paul Jimerson captures the exquisite beauty of our remarkable ocean. "It’s a favorite of mine, in part because it reminds me of that … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week, World Ocean Day Edition: Emerald Ocean Dreamscape

Pic o’ the Week: Reef Stonefish

Giant squid, killer sharks, huge whales: these are some of the dangerous and monstrous creatures described in the novel I’m reading, Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. But there’s a frightful small ocean creature that you may not have even heard of. Did you know that the Reef Stonefish, measuring just 30 cm long, … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week: Reef Stonefish

Pic o’ the Week: Cockatoo Squid

"The cockatoo squid, Galiteuthis phyllura, has a transparent body, large eyeballs bulging from its head, and photophores (light-producing organs) under its eyes. These squid are found in the deep midwater below 300 meters (almost 1,000 feet), often hanging motionless with their arms above their body." ~MBARI Thanks to the Monterey Bay Research Aquarium you can … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week: Cockatoo Squid

Ring in the New Year by Naming a New Galapagos Species!

Do you have a cool name for a sea sponge? This is a really exciting time for the Galapagos Islands, as three new species of sea sponge have been discovered. Now is your chance to name one of these species! The Galapagos Conservancy is auctioning naming rights to the sponges, and there’s still time for … Continue reading Ring in the New Year by Naming a New Galapagos Species!

Pandemic Escape: Chill With The Krill

Would you like to have the sounds and creatures of the ocean in your house? Now you can fill your home with a virtual ocean aquarium with Krill Waves Radio! Thanks to The Monterey Bay Aquarium, any landlubber can tune in to the ocean through these soothing meditation-like videos, which show us ocean animals such … Continue reading Pandemic Escape: Chill With The Krill

Pandemic Escape: 5-Minute Ocean Meditation

We're in multiple emergencies, from the climate emergency to the Covid emergency to the ongoing racism emergency. If you're like us, it's all weighing heavily and very stressful. Fortunately for all who don't live near the healing ocean, the folks at MBARI are offering a series of ocean relaxation videos - from this ocean meditation … Continue reading Pandemic Escape: 5-Minute Ocean Meditation

Pandemic Escape: Glow-In-The-Dark Corals Light Up The Deep Sea

Way, way down in the oceans' darkest depths, lights glow and sparkle. For millennia, bioluminescence has been seen in oceans around the world. Indeed, around 50 A.D., Pliny the Elder wrote that one could rub the slime of a certain luminous jellyfish, possibly Pelagia noctiluca, onto a walking stick to make it double as a torch. … Continue reading Pandemic Escape: Glow-In-The-Dark Corals Light Up The Deep Sea

Pic o’ the Week: Glowing Waves Below the Milky Way, Big Sur, California

  After a head-on car collision left him struggling to walk, photographer George Krieger found that strolling the nearby coast and snapping photos was a good form of therapy. He calls it his "Passion Therapy." And it placed him on California's Big Sur coastline recently as the natural phenomenon of bioluminescence was producing glowing waves … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week: Glowing Waves Below the Milky Way, Big Sur, California

Spotlight: Miles Down In The Mariana Trench, A New Fish Species Is Discovered

There's exciting news coming out of the Mariana Trench's mind-boggling depths. Deep sea explorers discovered a snailfish species living more than five miles -- FIVE MILES! - deep in the Mariana Trench. It has been named the Pseudoliparis swirei, and according to this National Geographic article, "...scientists suspect they are unlikely to ever find a fish … Continue reading Spotlight: Miles Down In The Mariana Trench, A New Fish Species Is Discovered

Spotlight: A Golden Age of Ocean Exploration

You're living in a golden age in deep sea exploration. There have been myriad deep-sea explorations underway this year, from NOAA's Okeanos Explorer's  expeditions in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to EV/Nautilus' seafloor mapping and exploration in the Pacific Ocean. And thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can tune in and watch much of … Continue reading Spotlight: A Golden Age of Ocean Exploration

Pic o’ the Week: coral garden, Pacific Ocean

It looks like a painting, but it's a breathtaking photo of the ocean's deepwater vibrant life. "Several different vibrantly colored animals can be seen in this image, taken at approximately 2,240 meters (7,350 feet), including an Anthomastus mushroom coral (center), precious pink coral (right), bamboo coral (left), and feather stars (crinoids)." ~NOAA  You have one … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week: coral garden, Pacific Ocean

Spotlight: The Ross Sea

The news this past week was victorious. A coalition of twenty-four nations and the European Union declared one and a half million square kilometers of sea around Antarctica, known as the Ross Sea, as protected area. Of that, over one million square kilometers will be set aside as a no-take “general protection zone,” where fishing … Continue reading Spotlight: The Ross Sea

Spotlight: Rare Nautilus Species Seen For First Time In 30 Years

The Allonautilus scrobiculatus has been plying the world's oceans for hundred of millions of years, literally. Its distinctive shell has appeared in fossil records dating back 500 million years. But it hadn't been seen in so long that many feared it was extinct. Then ... on a recent expedition off Papua New Guinea, biologist Peter … Continue reading Spotlight: Rare Nautilus Species Seen For First Time In 30 Years

Pic o’ the Week: Pelican Almost Becomes Whale Snack

What happens when a pelican gets in the middle of a humpback whale's lunch? Journalist Manon Verchot recounts the tale in Audubon magazine, "A hungry pelican was happily feasting on anchovies when the water beneath began to move. Strong baleen jaws clamped down hard—a humpback whale snatched up the seabird. 'It was evident that the pelican … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week: Pelican Almost Becomes Whale Snack

Pic o’ the Week: Sea turtle street art

A sea turtle bursts out out of a drainage pipe above a man and his dog in Buenos Aires... Artist Martin Ron says of his creation: "The turtle is a beautiful animal and has a lot of colours and textures. It’s really interesting to paint. It’s not an animal that is seen a lot and … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week: Sea turtle street art

Spotlight: Ocean Gelata Meets Curious, Talented Minds

There are not enough adjectives in any language to adequately respond the the breathtaking photos of Alexander Semenov. He is a living embodiment of talent + curiosity + intelligence + passion, all coming together for ocean exploration and inquiry. And he is passionate about sharing it with the world. Let's get this crowdfunding going! Support Alex … Continue reading Spotlight: Ocean Gelata Meets Curious, Talented Minds

Pic o’ the Week: surfing whales

As photographer J.T. Gray stood on a Hawaiian beach snapping photos of surfers on Oahu's North Shore, a pod of humpback whales, who had been lurking nearby, unexpectedly joined in the surfing fun. In his words: "The whales were kinda hanging out about 75-100 yards off the beach at Ehukai then swam outside the lineup … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week: surfing whales

Pic o’ the Week: sky on a whale’s back

As the autumn days become shorter and colder in the Northern Hemisphere, the ocean's creatures prepare for winter. In the deep waters off the Central California coast, enormous schools of anchovies are drawing hundreds of humpback whales, along with blue whales, dolphins, seals, and other predators. Here, blue sky and wispy clouds reflect off a humpback … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week: sky on a whale’s back

Spotlight: Jairo Mora Sandoval, Costa Rican Turtle Protector

"It was his passion, he believed in saving the turtles. He could walk 20 miles along the beach watching and marking turtle nests," said Didier Chacon, Widecast project coordinator for Latin America. Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26-year-old conservationist, spent much of his time working for the conservation of Costa Rica's leatherback turtle nesting areas. He was, … Continue reading Spotlight: Jairo Mora Sandoval, Costa Rican Turtle Protector

Pic o’ the Week: Eyes of a Giant Octopus

A stunning close-up of a North Pacific giant octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) in the Japan Sea. How did talented Russian photographer Alexander Semenov get so close? He says "It's not easy to get close, but this one was a very patient and calm one. And he was curious about me, so we contacted a little and … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week: Eyes of a Giant Octopus

Our perpetual oceans

A fascinating and rather zen animation of ocean surface currents from 2005 through 2007, from NASA satellites. As NASA notes: "Watch how bigger currents like the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean and the Kuroshio in the Pacific carry warm waters across thousands of miles at speeds greater than four miles per hour (six kilometers … Continue reading Our perpetual oceans

Pic o’ the Week: The Giant Polka-dotted Shark

The beloved, gentle and enormous whale shark, sought out by tourists.... They're the biggest fish in the sea, they are remarkable, and we may be loving them to death: "The massive polka-dotted fish roam the world’s warm oceans as solitary creatures. But they occasionally gather in large groups, or aggregations, to feast on everything from … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week: The Giant Polka-dotted Shark

Pic o’ the Week: Red Bull in the White Sea

A Red Bull (Amphipoda Acanthonotozoma inflatum) in the White Sea. Says photog Alexander Semenov, "This amphipod crustacean is kinda unique, because of its very bright color, but it lives in the bushes of red algaes usually, so it's hidden from enemies and carnivores. Acanthonotozoma feeds on bryozoans, destroying their small houses and eating soft parts."

Spotlight: Monk Seals, ‘living fossils’ of the sea

They're the oldest species of seals on the planet, believed to have been swimming Earth's waters for millions of years. And today they're the most endangered marine mammals in the world. Hawai'i's monk seals (Monachus schauinslandi) are one of two mammal species endemic to the islands (the other is the Hoary Bat). Long ago, Hawaiians named these … Continue reading Spotlight: Monk Seals, ‘living fossils’ of the sea

Pic o’ the Week: Bioluminescent Jellyfish

Our ocean pic of the week -- a planktonic jellyfish with bright green fluorescent tentacles. The red fluorescence in the middle of the jellyfish is from chlorophyll in a recent meal of algae. This pic is from NOAA's Operation Deep Scope 2005 Expedition - a research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico's deep waters off Florida. Some … Continue reading Pic o’ the Week: Bioluminescent Jellyfish