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    • 10 Facts About Sharks Created: Sunday, November 02, 2008 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      There are several hundred species of sharks, ranging in size from less than ten inches to over 50 feet. Learn shark facts about these amazing fish with a fierce reputation, but fascinating biology.
    • Narwhal Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014
      Narwhals are the whales famous for their tusks - which was once traded as "unicorn horn." Learn facts about narwhals, including where they live, what they eat, how they reproduce and threats to the species.
    • Northern Elephant Seal Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The northern elephant seal is a large seal species that lives in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The species is named for the male's large, fleshy nose.
    • Asian Shore Crab (Hemigrapsus sanguineus) Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Information about the Asian shore crab or Japanese shore crab, a species that is native to the Western Pacific Ocean and was transported to the U.S. and Europe through the ballast water of ships.
    • Southern Elephant Seal Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The southern elephant seal is named for the male's large, fleshy nose. These seals live in cold waters in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions.
    • European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) Created: Saturday, May 23, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      The green crab (Carcinus maenas) is commonly found in New England tide pools and along the East Coast of the United States from Delaware to Nova Scotia, but this species is not native to the area. The green crab is now abundant in the U.S. and is thought to have been introduced into U.S. waters by the ballast water on ships coming from Europe. Learn about the green crab's feeding, reproduction and distribution.
    • Fish Created: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Facts about fish, including information on characteristics of fish, types of fish and where fish live.
    • Sessile Created: Sunday, November 08, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Definition of the word sessile, as used in a marine life context.
    • Necropsy Created: Friday, July 31, 2009 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      A necropsy is a dissection of the dead body of an animal to determine the cause of death. Necropsies can help us learn more about the biology of an animal, how it is affected by disease or how huma...
    • Polyp Created: Tuesday, December 07, 2010 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      Polyps are the base of coral reefs. They have a soft, tube-like body and a mouth surrounded by a ring of tentacles. Learn more about coral polyps here.
    • What Is a Starfish? Created: Friday, August 31, 2012 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      What is a starfish? Learn about starfish, or sea stars.
    • 9 Whale Watching Tips Created: Monday, May 25, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Whale watching - seeing some of the largest animals on Earth - can be a thrilling activity. Being prepared for your whale watch and knowing what to expect can help make your trip a successful one. ...
    • Dermal Denticle Created: Monday, April 27, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Tough scales that cover the skin of elasmobranchs (sharks and rays). Even though similar to scales,they're really modified teeth,covered with a hard enamel.
    • Arthropods Created: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Arthropods are animals in the Phylum Arthropoda, a very diverse group of organisms that includes insects, crabs, lobsters, scorpions and centipedes. Learn about arthropod characteristics, classific...
    • Corals and Coral Reefs Created: Saturday, May 23, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Coral reefs provide some of the most spectacular underwater scenery, and marine life biodiversity in the world. Here you can learn about coral, how coral reefs form, and threats to coral reefs suc...
    • What is an Elasmobranch? Created: Sunday, April 26, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
      The term elasmobranch refers to the sharks, rays and skates, which are in the subclass Elasmobranchii and class Chondrichthyes. The Condrichthyes class includes only one other subclass, the Holoce...
    • Sea Turtle Predators Created: Thursday, May 30, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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    • Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico Created: Saturday, May 15, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Information on the oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by BP off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. Learn what happened to the Deepwater Horizon, the effects of oil on ...
    • What Are Invasive Species? Created: Thursday, September 04, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Countries around the world are the recipients of unwanted visitors each year – invasive species. Invasive species can be plants, animals or other organisms such as microbes. They are introdu...
    • Holdfast Created: Monday, April 06, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      A holdfast is the root-like structure at the base of an algae (seaweed) that fastens the algae to a hard substrate. Holdfasts are prominent in brown algaes and seaweeds such as kelp.
    • Thresher Sharks Created: Saturday, August 13, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Learn about thresher sharks, including the 3 species of thresher sharks (bigeye thresher, common thresher, and pelagic thresher), and thresher shark feeding, habitat, reproduction, distribution and...
    • Hawksbill Turtle Created: Sunday, February 20, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Facts about the hawksbill sea turtle, including information on the hawksbill turtle's natural history, reproduction, distribution and conservation. The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate)...
    • Pygmy Seahorse Created: Friday, February 11, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Profile of the common pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti), also known as Bargibant's sea horse, including pygmy seahorse classification, what pygmy seahorses eat, how they reproduce, and where ...
    • Fish Anatomy Created: Wednesday, February 09, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Fish anatomy - learn about the basic parts of a fish, with a graphic showing fish external anatomy.
    • Stony Corals (Hard Corals) Created: Wednesday, December 08, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Information about stony corals, the corals that form coral reefs. Stony corals, also called hard corals (as opposed to soft corals, like sea fans), are the reef-builders of the coral world. Learn m...
    • Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus) Created: Friday, June 25, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      The bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) got its name from its high, arched jaw that resembles a bow. Bowheads are a cold-water whale that lives in the Arctic. Bowheads are still hunted by natives wh...
    • Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Created: Sunday, September 06, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      The white shark, commonly called the great white shark, is one of the most iconic and feared predators of the ocean. With its razor-sharp teeth and menacing appearance, it certainly looks dangerous...
    • Cetaceans - Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises Created: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Cetacean is a word used to describe all whales, dolphins and porpoises in the order Cetacea. Learn about the characteristics of cetaceans, including baleen whales and toothed whales and how they su...
    • The Open Ocean - Pelagic Zone Created: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      The open ocean, or pelagic zone, is the area of the ocean outside of coastal areas, and where you’ll find some of the biggest marine life species, including whales, bluefin tuna, and giant sq...
    • What Is Marine Biology? Created: Sunday, October 12, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      Marine biology is the scientific study of plants and animals that live in salt water. When many people think about a marine biologist, they picture a dolphin trainer. But marine biology is so much ...
    • Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus) Created: Tuesday, April 07, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      While its name may be deceiving, the whale shark is actually a shark, and the largest fish in the world. Whale sharks can grow to 65 feet in length and up to about 75,000 pounds in weight. Females ...
    • Killer Whale or Orca (Orcinus orca) Created: Saturday, February 27, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
      The killer whale, also known as the orca

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