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Ocean and Beaches

Covering marine research on the water and on the sand

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A mantis shrimp emerges from its burrow to confront a rival.
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Roy Caldwell
These territorial crustaceans use their tails as shields to defend against the explosive punches of their rivals.

Rolling with the punches: How mantis shrimp defend against high-speed strikes

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Waves crash on a revetment protecting houses along Broad Beach, Malibu.
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Charles Lester
The ocean is advancing on California, and we need to determine how we will respond.
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California Sea Otters grooming themselves in the Elkhorn Slough at Moss Landing.
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Htrnr via iStock
Although sea otters only recently recolonized their historic habitat in the Elkhorn Sough, they’re already benefiting the ecosystem.
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A school of hammerhead sharks.
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Masayuki Agawa via OceanImageBank
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Flames from the Thomas Fire reflect in the waves at night.
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Ray Ford / Noozhawk
Flames from the Thomas Fire reflect in the waves just west of Ventura. Its proximity to the ocean provided researchers a unique opportunity.
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The surface of Lake Superior from the back of a research vessel.
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Alexandra Phillips
The sulfate poor waters of Lake Superior could provide insights on the biochemistry of Earth's early ocean.
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A humpback swims at the surface with fishing gear wrapped around its flukes.
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E. Lyman/ NOAA Sanctuaries
Less gear in the water means fewer chances for Whales to become entangled.
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A scalloped hammerhead prowls a reef in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, Ecuador.
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Lopazanski et al.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve is one of many marine protected areas around the globe that safeguards biodiversity, cultural heritage and marine resources.
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dune plant and dune fence
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Karina Johnston
Beach bur, a native plant that helped to form dunes on a section of Santa Monica Beach in Los Angeles
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Diatoms under the microscope.
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Elif Bayraktar via iStock
Diatoms are one of the largest groups of phytoplankton, which serve as a foundation of the ocean’s food web.
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Artist collage by Angela YT Chan
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Angela YT Chan
Angela YT Chan's collage series is featured in the "Holding Sway" collection of photo essays
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an orange garibaldi with a scientific diver in the background
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Chris Honeyman
A research diver conducts periodic monitoring of a kelp forest marine protected area