Category: Marine Life


This octopus wants to know: have you been following the E/V Nautilus expedition in Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones national marine sanctuaries?

We’re exploring the deep waters of these national marine sanctuaries with Nautilus Live, and you can watch the expedition in real time at! Tune in for the chance to see adorable octopuses and more. 

Learn more about the expedition. 

(Photo: OET/NOAA) 

[Image description: A purple-ish octopus on the seafloor.]


“Coral reefs represent some of the world’s most spectacular beauty spots, but they are also the foundation of marine life: without them many of the sea’s most exquisite species will not survive.” 

~Sheherazade Goldsmith


Ocean Life by Christian Schussele, American Paintings and Sculpture

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Erving Wolf, in memory of Diane R. Wolf, 1977
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Medium: Watercolor, gouache, graphite, and gum arabic on off-white wove paper


You’re welcome.


This hawksbill sea turtle in National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is cruising through Turtle Tuesday. Sea turtles may seem to move slowly, but their flippers make them efficient swimmers and they can migrate thousands of miles across the globe. Who knows where this sea turtle will travel next? 

(Photo: Ed Lyman/NOAA) 

[Image description: A hawksbill sea turtle swims through a coral reef.]


On another edition of cool books I find in my university bookstore but I don’t buy because they’re SUPER EXPENSIVE, we have this stunning volume.

Photos: Mesmerizing life under water: undefined


The deep sea feather star may not have the fastest form of locomotion—but it’s possibly the prettiest!

Thank you to our colleagues at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) for this beautiful footage! Find out more about the life in the deep sea of Monterey Bay:


reef squid


You can have your starry nights, we’ll take sea stars for days!