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A coral reef outside Tahiti, French Polynesia.

‘The saddest dive of my life’: A diver’s before-and-after photos reveal the death of a coral reef

As our planet and its oceans warm, coral reefs worldwide are experiencing bleaching — when the corals expel their food source and turn ghostly white.
Garbage carried by the Pacific Ocean — mostly plastic — piles up on the coast of Jakarta, Indonesia, June 21, 2019.

Scientists have created magnetic coils thinner than a human hair that could break down plastic in the ocean

There are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean. A new type of experimental nanotech could help break down microplastics.
The biologist Lizzie Daly near a giant barrel jellyfish in the English Channel.

A human-sized jellyfish with frilly tentacles has been caught on camera — the largest researchers had ever encountered

Divers swimming in the English Channel near Cornwall came face-to-face with a barrel jellyfish about their own size.
A male Cirrhilabrus wakanda fish, which was discovered in Zanzibar.

A newly discovered species of African fish with gleaming purple scales has been named after Wakanda, the fictional home of Marvel’s Black Panthe...

Divers in Tanzania found a new species of colorful tropical fish. They named it after Wakanda and vibranium, the metal in the Black Panther's suit.
A giant squid was caught on camera in the Gulf of Mexico.

An elusive giant squid that inspired the ‘kraken’ sea monster legend has been spotted in US waters for the first time

Giant squids are elusive animals that inhabit the deep ocean worldwide. Scientists are rarely able to capture them on camera. Now they have.
People look at a 16-year-old critically endangered Hawksbill turtle after releasing it into the sea at the Sea Turtle Conservation Center of the Royal Thai Navy, in Sattahip, Chonburi province, east of Bangkok August 10, 2010.

These 15 ocean species have already gone extinct. A dozen others will probably disappear in our lifetime.

Over the past 500 years, 15 ocean species have gone extinct. About 70 other species are currently vulnerable and could disappear in our lifetime.
Alejandro Topete won a bronze medal in the UnderwaterPhotography.com contest's "Sharks" category for this photo of a reef shark swimming near Cuba.

The best underwater photos of the year reveal shipwrecks, sharks, and terrifying deep-sea creatures

Award-winning images from this year's UnderwaterPhotography.com contest show up-close encounters with marine life and shipwrecks.
Since 1957, the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) has been towed over 6.5 million nautical miles in the North Atlantic and adjacent seas.

Scientists have a new way to estimate how often ocean animals get tangled in plastic — and it could explain why so many whales are washing up de...

The amount of plastic in the North Atlantic Ocean is increasing, a study shows, and the number of entanglements went up 10-fold between 2000 and 2016.

Deliveroo will permanently remove all shark fin dishes from its platform

Shark fin is officially off the menu for Deliveroo users.
A skate egg case or capsule, also called a devil's purse or mermaid's purse.

These mysterious black pods at the beach hide amazing sea creatures — here’s how to see them

If you find one a rubbery black pouch with tendrils on a beach, it's probably a skate egg casing. Prepare to freak yourself out with this experiment.