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BEN.

This self-driving boat explores the mysteries of long-lost shipwrecks, and joined the search for Amelia Earhart’s plane

This bright yellow autonomous boat named BEN might be the key to unlocking the ocean's secrets by mapping the ocean floor.
A live, 2-foot-long frilled shark found by a Japanese fisherman in 2007.

16 creatures from the bottom of the ocean that will give you nightmares

Earth's oceans are home to some truly terrifying animals, from the "vampire squid from hell" to the one that was voted "world's ugliest animal."

All coral reefs could die by the end of the century, new research shows. Before-and-after photos show what that would look like.

Coral reefs cover less than 1% of Earth's surface, but provide a home to over 25% of all marine life. They could disappear within decades.
A chain catshark glowing green.

Scientists have discovered why two sharks glow bright green in the depths of the ocean

Only blue light can penetrate this far down, which makes the swell shark and the chain catshark glow in the dark.
Sargassum washed ashore in Cancun.

Foul-smelling algae has overtaken Mexican beaches. Experts believe climate change could make things worse and threaten the country’s tourism ind...

The seaweed-like substance sargassum is plaguing Mexican tourist destinations and likely won't stop washing to shore any time soon.

This beach towel company has done $20 million in sales after an appearance on ‘Shark Tank’ — and donates 10% of profits to help save...

Sand Cloud, which you may have seen on "Shark Tank," makes the beach towels you'll see everyone enjoying by the shores this summer.
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.
That is a deer.

A group of surfers rescued a rogue deer that went for a swim in the ocean

A deer ran in the ocean and went for a swim in New Jersey. A group of surfers had to rescue it. But the deer wouldn't go back to land without a fight.
A fossil specimen of Daihua sanqiong, which some scientists think is an ancestor of the comb jelly.

This ancient sea creature had 18 tentacles that funneled food into its gaping mouth — and it may be the ancestor of an even creepier ocean anima...

Scientists have discovered a 518-million-year-old fossilized sea creature that had 18 tentacles. It could be the ancestor of comb jellies.