The Secrets of Hagfish Slime

University of Texas Marine Science Institute
The hagfish is one of those animals that scientists aren’t quite sure how to classify. These bottom-feeders have a skull...

Traveling By the Light of the Moon

University of Texas Marine Science Institute
Tiny marine creatures known as zooplankton feed on phytoplankton, which use photosynthesis to create their food. Since phytoplankton tend to...

Fatty Corals Fare the Best

University of Texas Marine Science Institute
Carrying a bit of extra fat isn’t usually considered ideal among the human population, but for corals, extra fat could...

A Sneaky but Social Octopus

University of Texas Marine Science Institute
Of more than 300 species of octopuses, a few outliers are bound to do things a little differently. Meet the...

Using the Buddy System

University of Texas Marine Science Institute
Fish often stick together for protection from predators. Staying within a school of fish is usually safer than swimming alone....

The Call of the Elephant Seal

University of Texas Marine Science Institute
Breeding season can be brutal — even bloody — for male elephant seals. These heavyweights take the competition for mates...