Marine invertebrates

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
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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
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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
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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.

The Unexpected Discovery of Anaphylaxis
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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
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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
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A new robot is designed to mimic the behavior of teeny tiny larvae.

The Killer Kiss of Kohn’s Snails

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

Two Sides of One Mask
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A painted wooden clam mask celebrates the home and history of the Heiltsuk First Nation.

Ocean Acidification: More Gloom than Doom?
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Scientists’ emphasis on laboratory trials can give a distorted view of the threat of ocean acidification.

Why Running Cold Lets Some Creatures Grow Old
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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
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Reports of the pending jellyfish apocalypse have been greatly exaggerated.

What Happens When a Coral Reef Dies?
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If it’s not able to recover, a dead coral reef will collapse into a seaweed forest.