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Exploring Spectacular Sea Urchins: A Look at the Diversity of These Marine Invertebrates (Photos)

Hundreds of species of sea urchins exist

Stony sea urchin (Paracentrotus lividus), pictured Spain during an Oceana Ranger Atlantic Cantabric Expedition in 2008. (Photo: Oceana / Sergio Gosálvez)

Sea urchins—related to sea stars, sea cucumbers, and more—may appear as alien-like creatures with their numberous spines and vibrant colors. But, don’t let their seemingly strange appearances fool you: These marine invertebrates are excellent at self-defense and play important roles in balancing ecosystems. 


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Ocean Roundup: New Robot to Study Emperor Penguins, IPCC Sounds Alarm on Climate Change Inaction, and More

A new robot will help scientists study penguins in Antarctica

Emperor penguins in Antarctica. (Photo: Christopher Michel / Flickr Creative Commons)

- Scientists have invented a remote-controlled robotic emperor penguin, which resembles an emperor penguin chick, to help them better study emperor penguins in Antarctica. Because emperor penguins are extremely shy, they tend to back away and change their natural behavior whenever scientists try to study them. The Associated Press


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Seaweed Spotlight: A Rare Glimpse into Beautiful Ocean Kelp Forests (Photos)

Kelp is a type of seaweed

Kelp (Laminaria ochroleuca) in the Gorringe Bank in the Atlantic, pictured during an Oceana Ranger Transoceanic Expedition. (Photo: Oceana / Juan Carlos Calvin)

Forest ecosystems are critical for the survival of terrestrial life, but did you know that such ecosystems exist in the oceans too?

Kelp, a type of seaweed, can form dense forests underwater. Known as kelp forests, they rank with coral reefs and estuaries for being one of the most important ocean ecosystems, home to thousands of species and vast biodiversity. Despite their ecological importance, kelp forests are often overlooked.


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