Oceans A to Z

A is for Anemone

The soft-bodied sea anemone may appear delicate, but don’t be fooled. This animal boasts unexpected predatory prowess.

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B is for Bioluminescence

The anglerfish isn’t the only ocean animal using bioluminescence to its advantage. Brittle stars can detach one of their glowing arms to distract predators as they flee.

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C is for Coral

Corals have an alarmingly slow growth rate, many expanding mere millimeters or centimeters per year. It can take nearly 10,000 years for a fringing coral reef to form.

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D is for Dumbo Octopus. The dumbo octopus resembles and is named after the flying elephant from the Walt Disney animated classic, but the two large flaps on its mantle are not ears.

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E is for Estuary

Estuaries fan the coasts of the United States, from Washington’s Puget Sound to Florida’s Tampa Bay and the nation’s largest estuary—the Chesapeake Bay.

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F is for frogfish. From the brightly spotted clown frogfish to the spine-covered hairy frogfish, these lumpy, bumpy fish feature an eclectic set of colors and other adornments.

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G is for Giant Clam

Did you know? Giant clams are the largest living bivalves on Earth.

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H is for Hammerhead

Sharks may date back 450 million years, but the first hammerheads didn’t appear until about 20 million years ago.

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I is for Ice

Did you know? Arctic sea ice plays an important role in regulating the Earth’s climate.

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J is for Jellies

DYK? The immortal jelly can regress from a medusa back into a polyp, restarting its lifecycle from the beginning.

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