The health of our oceans and waters is critical for a robust maritime future. Explore with us as we learn how scientists and nature exerts are gaining new insights about the diverse natural systems that keep our oceans robust and full of life.

Noise in the sea

People imagine the ocean as serene, but the deep has never been the silent world that conservationist Jacques Cousteau once called it. Data suggests most of the 34,200 species of fish can hear, and there’s plenty to listen to. Whales aren’t alone in singing; at least 800 species of fish click, hoot, purr, or moan. A healthy coral reef sounds like corn popping. Storms and earthquakes add to the score. But the industrialization of the sea over the past 70 years has generated enough din to make hearing anything else difficult. For years, few worried about it, because what did it matter in all that water? Yet mounting evidence shows that our racket profoundly impacts marine creatures great and small—​and could shorten their lives.

Adorable Shark Fits in Your Hand, Looks Like a Mini Sperm Whale

Tiny, blunt-headed sharks called pocket sharks are so rare that until just a few years ago, only one individual had ever been collected from the southeastern Pacific Ocean. And now, that lonely shark finally has company. #news

What would the oceans look like if all of the sharks disappeared?

September 2019 – Sharks are magnificent predators that represent an impressive evolutionary success story. They’ve swum the oceans for more than 400 million years, diversifying over time to inhabit rivers and lakes as well. About 500 known species are alive today, and there are likely even more yet to be discovered.

But what might the oceans look like if all of the sharks disappeared?