Where in the World Is the Anthropocene?
Some geologists believe we’ve entered a new era. Now they have to search for the rocks that prove it
Why Didn't the First Earth Day's Predictions Come True? It's Complicated
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
Third-Graders in the Maldives Discover the Beauty Beneath Their Seas
Many tourists have experienced the Maldives’ beauty. Most Maldivians haven’t, because they don’t know how to swim
14 Fun Facts About Marine Bristle Worms
In honor of the first ever International Polychaete Day, learn about the bristly worms that are everywhere in the ocean
Five Things The Gulf Oil Spill Has Taught Us About the Ocean
While researching the spill, scientists tracked deep-sea sharks, found new mud dragons, and discovered a type of ocean current
The Top 12 Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2014
The seas served up some compelling headlines this year, from celebrity fashion to solving the mystery of the melting starfish
Big Moon Jelly Blooms Tied to New Dock Construction
A floating pier installed off Japan led to a four-fold increase in baby jellies, offering a solid link between structures and blooms
Breaking Down the Myths and Misconceptions About the Gulf Oil Spill
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?
The Top Five Ocean Stories of 2013
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
The Enchanting Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps
Fictitious animals on 16th and early 17th century maps hint at how people's perception of the ocean has changed over time
Call Me Migaloo: The Story Behind Real-Life White Whales
White whales, such as the recently spotted humpback nicknamed Migaloo, are rare and elusive creatures. How many are there and why are they white?
The Gorgeous Shapes of Sea Butterflies
Cornelia Kavanagh's sculptures magnify tiny sea butterflies—ocean acidification's unlikely mascots—hundreds of times
Top Ten Stories About Sharks Since the Last Shark Week
Shark tourism, cannibalistic shark embryos, wetsuits designed to camouflage from sharks and more
Glass Sponges Move In As Antarctic Ice Shelves Melt
Typically slow-growing glass sponge communities are popping up quickly now that disappearing shelf ice has changed ocean conditions around Antarctica
Amazing Sea Butterflies Are the Ocean’s Canary in the Coal Mine
These delicate and stunning creatures are offering Smithsonian scientists a warning sign for the world's waters turning more acidic
14 Fun Facts About Penguins
Which penguin swims the fastest? Do penguins have teeth? Why do penguins sneeze? How is penguin poop useful?
Microbes Buried Deep in Ocean Crust May Form World’s Largest Ecosystem
Far below the ocean floor, scientists have discovered a microbial community away from undersea vents, beyond the reach of the sun
Photos of Starfish Up Close: What Are You Looking At?
A stunning look at starfish reveal beautiful patterns--but what exactly are those wormy structures, bald patches, and spiky maces?
Drill, Baby, Drill: Sponges Bore Into Shells Twice as Fast in Acidic Seawater
In acidic water, drilling sponges damage scallops twice as quickly, worsening the effects of ocean acidification
The Ten Best Ocean Stories of 2012
From deep-sea squid habits to vanishing coral reefs, here are the ocean stories we couldn’t stop talking about this year.