Marine invertebrates

Coral Reefs’ Fleshy Future
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As oceans become more acidic, fleshy coral relatives may outcompete their reef-building counterparts.

This Cuttlefish’s Secret Trick: Pretending to Be a Crab
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Cephalopods really are the masters of misdirection.

Auditing the Blue Blood Bank

Horseshoe crabs have been saving our species—are we endangering theirs?

Corals Keep a Record of Ocean Pollution
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Changes in nitrogen runoff are reflected in coral reef growth.

The Lunar Sea

The moon influences life in a surprising and subtle way: with its light.

Reef Avengers

Indonesia’s reefs have been poisoned or blasted to smithereens by the very people who depend on them the most. Now islanders are working to...

Tiny Zombie Worms Are the Beavers of the Deep
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These deep-sea worms carve habitats out of whale bone.

How To Fix a Jellyfish Sting
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Pack tweezers and vinegar in your beach bag—and forget what you’ve heard about the pee cure.

The Invisible Fishing Fleet
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Women have a crucial—yet often overlooked—role in fisheries.

Life Interstitial

What does it take to live between the grains of sand?

Here Be Tiny Dragons (and Other Micro Beasts)

Researchers reveal the microscopic life in between the grains of sediment.

The Immortal Life of Dorothy’s Jellies

A scientist who first sent jellyfish into space reveals secrets to a life without aging.

An Ocean in the Parlor

Home aquariums were the newest fad in the natural history-crazed Victorian era. Philip Henry Gosse wrote about it in the Atlantic Monthly...

The Little Shop of Wildlife Horrors

The grim curios and taxidermic creations housed in the US wildlife repository provide clues about trends in wildlife smuggling. And in recent...

Cuttlefish Brawl

Bif! Blam! Whack! Boom! When giant Australian cuttlefish convene to mate, males usually rely on visual displays to intimidate one another—but...

Diving into El Niño’s Past
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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
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First developed in the 1970s, coral reef transplants are finally proving effective.

Oft-Overlooked Jellyfisheries Are Too Big to Ignore
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Jellyfish fisheries are booming, but we still don’t know if they’re a good idea.

The Clam That Sank a Thousand Ships

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