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Seemingly delicate and fragile, the Indonesian sea nettle trails stinging tentacles. Watch out for this deadly beauty! #montereybayaquarium

Is this cute or what? The Kemp's Ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) is another of the six (U.S.) species of sea turtles NOAA Fisheries is “shell-a-brating” during its first ever#SeaTurtleWeek (June 16-20)! Adult Kemp's ridleys are considered the smallest marine turtle on Earth and are the only sea turtle species to nests predominantly during daylight hours. They are also only one of two species of sea turtles (other is the Olive ridley) that nest in arribadas (which means "arrival" in Spanish), one of the most unique synchronized nesting habits in the natural world. During an arribadas, large groups of Kemp's ridleys gather off a particular nesting beach near Rancho Nuevo, Mexico, in the state of Tamaulipas. Then, wave upon wave of females come ashore and nest. There are many theories on what triggers an arribada, including offshore winds, lunar cycles, and the release of pheromones by females. Scientists have yet to conclusively determine the cues for ridley arribadas. Learn more about loggerhead sea turtles from the NOAA Fisheries website: This NOAA photo shows a newly emerged Kemp's ridley hatchling in RanchoNuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. After emerging from the nest, hatchlings enter the water and must swim quickly to escape near shore predators. There is strong evidence that many sea turtle species employ an open ocean developmental stage because encounters with healthy, neonate sea turtles are extremely rare in near shore waters. Photo credit: Wendy Teas, SEFSC/NOAA. Stay connected on @NOAAFisheries social media channels to learn something new about sea turtles every day: Twitter: Instagram: Facebook: LinkedIn: Pinterest: #Seaturtleweek #seaturtle #noaafisheries #noaa#science #nature #conservation #scienceiscool#research #species #future #recovery #ocean#beaches #migrate #waters #marine #turtle#didyouknow #oceantrivia #amazingnature #closeup

Photo by @thomaspeschak shot on assignment for @natgeo in Seychelles. Aldabra atoll harbors the most pristine mangrove forests in the western Indian Ocean. They are both nursery grounds for reef fish and hunting grounds for sharks. #SIF #sharks #seychelles @thephotosociety

Expansion of US marine protected zone could double world reserves

<b>The US plans to create the world's biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.</b><p>The White House will extend an existing protected area, known as the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.<p>Fishing and drilling would be banned from an area that could eventually …

Meet the Manatee Calf at ZooParc de Beauval

On April 24, France’s ZooParc de Beauval welcomed a male Manatee who weighed 55 pounds at birth! The not-so-little baby will spend the next two years …

Can coral save our oceans? Researchers discover soft coral tissue may help protect reefs

Acidification is caused by increased carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere due to global change, fossil fuel burning, and other pollution. These …

Evidence found for the Higgs boson direct decay into fermions

For the first time, researchers at CERN have found evidence for the direct decay of the Higgs boson into fermions—another strong indication that the …

Shark #selfie interrupted by seastar #photobombfriday? Thanks to @rredrobin for this beautiful #fanfriday shot of our Kelp Forest! #montereybayaquarium

Environment: News & features

Colorful Sea Creatures

See photos of colorful sea creatures (including sea stars, clownfish, nudibranchs, and more) in this ocean photo gallery from National Geographic.


A Chance to Save Our Oceans, and Save Lives

Changing Planet<p>A Marine Protected Area enforcement team in the municipality of Pilar (located in the Camotes Islands of Cebu province) anchoring the marker buoys that delineate the local marine protected area. (Photograph courtesy Rare)<p><b>More than three billion people around the world depend on fish</b> …


For the Ocean's Sake, Tame the High Seas 'Wild West'

My love of the oceans started early. My father was a Navy man, and he insisted our family live near a body of saltwater at all times. I was raised listening to foghorns by night and following horseshoe crabs by day.<p>I am still awed by the oceans, but I am also alarmed by their fate. Over the years, …


Lionfish Have a “Let’s Hunt Together” Signal

A lionfish is a swimming paradox. It is painted in fierce hues of orange and white but it has an almost melancholy expression. It has fearsome venomous spines sticking out of its back, but elegant fan-shaped fins protruding from its side. And although it floats with an indolent air, it is actually …