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This Team Discovers 14 New Species An Hour, But They Have An Enemy

You’ve heard that we know more about space than we do the deep ocean. But did you know it’s so unexplored that scientists discover new species just 200-500 feet down, sometimes at a rate of 14 an hour? A (sort of) manmade enemy threatens those efforts though, and they can’t kill, study, and eat it fast enough. » 5/14/15 2:55pm 5/14/15 2:55pm

Spectacular photo of a scuba diver swimming under a massive fish tornado

National Geographic's Your Shots features this spectacular picture of a scuba diver swimming under a massive shoal of fish at Cabo Pulmo, in Baja California peninsula, Mexico. The picture, shot by Californian photographer Jeff Hester, shows a colorful ocean full of life but that wasn't always the case: » 3/31/15 8:54am 3/31/15 8:54am

The beautiful and surreal sensuality of Sarah Lee's underwater photos

Sarah Lee is one of the best photographers I've ever found. It's not because of her perfect technique and aesthetics. It's that she has the ability to evoke nostalgia with every shot—even if I have never experienced her scenes in real life, I've lived them in my dreams of eternal summer. She told me this via email: » 11/17/14 9:38pm 11/17/14 9:38pm

This cargo ship getting deformed in the middle of a storm is terrifying

Amazing video of a large cargo ship passing through a small storm and the effect it has on its steel megastructure, which bends and moves as if it were made with Play-Doh. I love the sea but looking at what it is capable of and how small we are compared to it, I get terrified. Watch and see what I mean. » 11/15/14 2:43am 11/15/14 2:43am

Rare view of the ocean glowing blue against the Milky Way

Today's Earth Picture of the Day is extraordinarily beautiful and rare: Fine art and landscape photographer Fefo Boouvier captured a large population of bioluminescent noctiluca glowing against the Milky Way in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of the little town of Barra de Valizas, Uruguay. » 8/02/14 12:15pm 8/02/14 12:15pm

Mysterious "Magic Island" appears on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan

A mysterious new geographical feature has appeared on Saturn's moon Titan. These two Cassini's radar images show a "mysterious geologic object" surfacing in the Ligeia Mare, Titan's second largest sea. Cornell University's astronomers call it "Magic Island" because they are puzzled by its origin and nature. » 6/23/14 10:54am 6/23/14 10:54am

Watch sponges breathe out neon green water like they're smoking

There's something completely fascinating in something so incredibly simple. Sponges—animals that can't walk or swim—are incredibly efficient at what they do and have a super fun history to them too. Watch Jonathan Bird explain how sponges work and where they come from in this Blue World clip. » 6/05/14 9:05pm 6/05/14 9:05pm

Whales Don’t Spray Water Out of Their Blowholes

Contrary to what you may have seen in such movies as Pixar’s otherwise extremely entertaining Finding Nemo, whales don’t spray water out of their blowholes. Further, the whale’s trachea doesn’t connect to the esophagus of the whale; so when Dory and Marlin went down the whale’s throat, in real life, they’d have… » 10/15/13 4:30am 10/15/13 4:30am