More than half a century ago, scientists and activists predicted utter doom for the planet. That hasn't happened yet, but it's nothing to cheer about
Many tourists have experienced the Maldives’ beauty. Most Maldivians haven’t, because they don’t know how to swim
In honor of the first ever International Polychaete Day, learn about the bristly worms that are everywhere in the ocean
While researching the spill, scientists tracked deep-sea sharks, found new mud dragons, and discovered a type of ocean current
The seas served up some compelling headlines this year, from celebrity fashion to solving the mystery of the melting starfish
A floating pier installed off Japan led to a four-fold increase in baby jellies, offering a solid link between structures and blooms
Does oil stick around in the ecosystem indefinitely? What was the deal with the deformed fish? Can anything bad that happens in the Gulf be blamed on oil?
This year we've seen amazing footage of marine creatures, discovered how plastic works its way into the food chain, employed 3D printing to build new reefs
Fictitious animals on 16th and early 17th century maps hint at how people's perception of the ocean has changed over time
White whales, such as the recently spotted humpback nicknamed Migaloo, are rare and elusive creatures. How many are there and why are they white?
Cornelia Kavanagh's sculptures magnify tiny sea butterflies—ocean acidification's unlikely mascots—hundreds of times
Shark tourism, cannibalistic shark embryos, wetsuits designed to camouflage from sharks and more
Typically slow-growing glass sponge communities are popping up quickly now that disappearing shelf ice has changed ocean conditions around Antarctica
These delicate and stunning creatures are offering Smithsonian scientists a warning sign for the world's waters turning more acidic
Which penguin swims the fastest? Do penguins have teeth? Why do penguins sneeze? How is penguin poop useful?
Far below the ocean floor, scientists have discovered a microbial community away from undersea vents, beyond the reach of the sun
A stunning look at starfish reveal beautiful patterns--but what exactly are those wormy structures, bald patches, and spiky maces?
In acidic water, drilling sponges damage scallops twice as quickly, worsening the effects of ocean acidification
From deep-sea squid habits to vanishing coral reefs, here are the ocean stories we couldn’t stop talking about this year.