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Are glass sponges made of glass?

The primary skeleton of many glass sponges is a network of large spicules that have fused together to form a matrix that defines...

OPC N Atlantic Marine Weather Discussion (corrected)

Analysis & Forecast <!--Analysis & Forecast--> Weather Ocean Ice &...

What is the difference between a topographic and a bathymetric map?

This map displays bathymetry collected by NOAA Ships Okeanos Explorer and Hassler as part of the Atlantic Canyons Undersea Mapping 2012 project. Water depths...

What are marine microbes?

Marine bacteria growing on an agar plate. Image courtesy of Lophelia II 2012 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM. Did You Know? Initiated on the summer solstice in...

Are squat lobsters really lobsters?

Squat lobsters look like lobsters, but they are actually more closely related to hermit crabs. They belong to the phylum Arthropoda. The...

Are corals animals, plants, or something else?

Because corals are attached, taking root to the seafloor, people often think they are plants. Because many corals have hardened surfaces, they...

What is Sargassum?

Pelagic brown algae in the genus Sargassum. The berry-like structures are gas-filled bladders known as pneumatocysts, which provide buoyancy to the plant. Image...
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How does the ocean affect climate and weather on land?

Illustration of major ocean currents throughout the globe. Ocean currents act as conveyer belts of warm and cold water, sending heat toward the...

What is bioluminescence?

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What is a narwhal?

Pod of narwhals, northern Canada, August 2005. Image courtesy of Kristin Laidre. Did You Know? In 2006-2007, scientists attached satellite-linked time-depth-temperature recorders to narwhals...

San Juan Adventures – Shrimp, Ling cod, crabbing charter

Explore the San Juan Islands while catching shrimp/prawns, ling cod and crab.  Hands on commercial style experience!  Ride along with Capt. Corey Joyce on...

2019 Everett Coho Derby

Come join the largest salmon derby in the West!  Abundant coho returns means this year's derby ought to see some lights out action!  Tickets...

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