Marine invertebrates

Diving into El Niño’s Past
Article - Short

A 7,000-year temperature record pulled from ancient coral suggests El Niño is getting worse. 

Saving a Coral Reef, One Transplant at a Time
Article - Short

First developed in the 1970s, coral reef transplants are finally proving effective.

Oft-Overlooked Jellyfisheries Are Too Big to Ignore
Article - Short

Jellyfish fisheries are booming, but we still don’t know if they’re a good idea.

The Clam That Sank a Thousand Ships
Article - Long

These infamous clams are invading new areas, buoyed by climate change and the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

There Is Life on a Dead Coral Reef
Article - Short

Even dead and dying reefs still provide essential habitats for some marine life.

The Unexpected Discovery of Anaphylaxis
Article - Short

How the sting of the Portuguese man-of-war led to one of the most significant medical advances rooted in oceanographic work.

Elevating the Maine Scallop to Haute Cuisine
Article - Long

Maine scallops are delicious, but lobsters get all the glory. One woman is on a quest to change that.

This Robot Thinks It’s a Larva
Article - Short

A new robot is designed to mimic the behavior of teeny tiny larvae.

The Killer Kiss of Kohn’s Snails
Video

Venomous cone snails may be slow, but they’re deadly.

Two Sides of One Mask
Article - Short

A painted wooden clam mask celebrates the home and history of the Heiltsuk First Nation.

Ocean Acidification: More Gloom than Doom?
Article - Short

Scientists’ emphasis on laboratory trials can give a distorted view of the threat of ocean acidification.

Why Running Cold Lets Some Creatures Grow Old
Article - Short

Geneticists are discovering an intriguing connection between cold bodies and extraordinary longevity. 

Coral, Explained
Photo Essay

A little bit algae, a little bit rock, and a lot animal. If you’ve ever wondered about the life of a coral, this photo essay will help.

Don’t Fear the Jellygeddon
Article - Short

Reports of the pending jellyfish apocalypse have been greatly exaggerated.

What Happens When a Coral Reef Dies?
Article - Short

If it’s not able to recover, a dead coral reef will collapse into a seaweed forest. 

The Oil Spill Cleanup Illusion
Article - Long

Why do we pretend to clean up oil spills in the ocean?

Shrinking the Keystone
Article - Short

New research is weakening the rule of the original keystone species and, in the process, complicating an iconic idea in ecological science.

Breeding the Ubercoral
Article - Long

Researchers are working to fast-track evolution to help corals face a changing ocean.

The Hangover of Coral Bleaching
Article - Short

Even if a reef recovers from bleaching, the damage is already done to future generations.

A Coral Disease’s History, Discovered in a 19th-Century Encyclopedia
Article - Short

New research proves mothers-in-law don’t always give useless gifts.

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