environment
Cruise Ship Smashes Into One of the World’s Most Beautiful Coral Reefs

A popular diving site filled with spectacular coral reefs has been severely damaged in West Papua, New Guinea, after a British-owned cruise ship got caught in low tide and slammed into it. It could take years for the reefs, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, to bounce back, and local officials want the company to pay for the damage. Read More >>

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Surgeons Remove 915 Coins From the Belly of a Sea Turtle

In Thailand, it’s believed that throwing coins onto a turtle will bring longevity and good fortune. For many years, a female green sea turtle in the eastern town of Sri Racha had to endure this superstition while wading in a public pool. She consumed 915 coins in the process. Read More >>

marine biology
Here Are The Most Incredible Life Forms NOAA Found on Its Latest Deep Sea Dive

For the past three weeks, biologists aboard the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer have been investigating marine sanctuaries in the American Samoan region of the Pacific. They’ve found a smattering of weird and dazzling creatures, reminding us just how little we know about life at the bottom of the ocean. Read More >>

science
This Deep-Sea Jellyfish is Beyond Belief

Researchers working in the South Pacific have captured stunning footage of a deep-sea jellyfish that looks like a flying saucer with tentacles. Read More >>

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This Deep Sea Monster Attaches Its Head to Its Neck in the Freakiest Way

We already knew the deep ocean is full of nightmare creatures — twisted amalgams of tooth, jaw and fin sprung to life from some tortured corner of the multiverse. But good news — it gets even weirder! Scientists have just learned that one deep sea predator has a flexible attachment between its head and its skull that allows it to snap its jaws open like a Pez dispenser. Read More >>

paleontology
This 500-Million-Year-Old Sea Creature Boggles the Imagination

A stubbly, worm-like creature featuring as many as 30 limbs combed the seafloor during the early Cambrian period, according to new research. Its bizarre appearance and feeding behaviour are unlike anything ever seen before. Read More >>

marine biology
This is the First Footage Ever Captured of the Ruby Seadragon in the Wild

It’s dark and a bit grainy, but marine biologists working off the coast of western Australia have finally captured footage of a ruby seadragon in its natural habitat. Up until 2015, scientists didn’t even know this strange creature existed. Read More >>

biology
The Best Underwater Photographs of 2016 Are Out of This World

This year may have been a rough one up here on Earth’s dry surface, but beneath the waves ocean life flourished and dazzled. The world’s most prestigious underwater photography competition has just announced its winning images for 2016—and they’re absolutely spellbinding. Read More >>

marine biology
Bizarre Ghost Sharks Evolved From an Even Weirder Species of Ancient Fish

Analysis of a well-preserved ancient skull shows that ghost sharks — a group of elusive deep sea fish with abnormally large eyes and wing-like fins — are descended from a bizarre shark-like fish that lived 280 million years ago. Read More >>

Antarctica
The Seafloor Under Antarctica is Shockingly Beautiful

A remotely operated sub has captured stunning images of the Antarctic seafloor, revealing a surprisingly dynamic and colourful world filled with spidery starfish, coconut-shaped sponges, and dandelion-like worms. Read More >>

marine biology
The First Footage Ever Taken of a Ghost Shark is Creepy as Hell

Remotely operated vehicle surveys off the coast of California and Hawaii have produced several observations of a large deep sea ghost shark known as a “pointy-nosed blue chimaera”. The resulting video footage is the first ever recorded of this elusive species in its natural habitat. Read More >>

marine biology
The Search For High-Tech Metals Could Doom This Adorable Octopus

Earlier this year, a very Pokémon-esque octopus was discovered in deep waters off the coast of Hawaii. Researchers are learning more about this previously unknown species, and how its fragile reproductive cycle could be threatened by deep-sea mining ventures. Read More >>

animal behavior
Unprecedented Images Show Orcas Hunting and Killing Rare Beaked Whales

Marine biologists working off the coast of Australia have observed orca whales hunting and killing rare beaked whales—a behaviour never before seen in the predatory species. Read More >>

science
Bizarre New Deep Sea Creatures Found in Unexplored Hydrothermal Vents

Marine biologists have discovered six new animal species in undersea hot springs nearly two miles deep in the southwest Indian Ocean—an area already slated for future seafloor mining. Read More >>