Unexpected discovery! A family in Australia stumbled upon a 5ft jellyfish as they walked on the beach. Apparently scientists have known about this species for a while but hadn’t classified it yet. They’re on the case now. via BBC. Photo: Josie Lim

Illuminated surf. Glowing waves in California caused by massive red tide of bioluminescent phytoplankton. 

"Shark Whisperer" conservationist free dives with Tiger Sharks to show they are not so bad. 

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100-Feet-Long-Blue-Whale-Kite by the New Zealand engineer and inventor Peter Lynn

“When we look more deeply at the ocean, we are given new insights on how we interact with that ocean, and what we can do to effectively protect it.”

Kelly Benoit-Bird, an oceanographer at Oregon State University, applies acoustics to the study of ecosystems in the open ocean. 

“The argument would be that if you’ve got a reef with a thousand species, it is a lot more resilient, and a lot more capable of maintaining itself than a reef with a hundred species. I don’t think that is true.”

David Bellwood, a marine biologist and an internationally recognized expert in coral reef fishes and systems, combines skills in such disparate fields as ecology, palaeontology, biomechanics and molecular systems to understand the nature of reefs. 

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Have you had a chance to stroll through our new plastics gallery in the Open Sea wing? It includes spectacular art installations and photo collages from artists all over the world, created from everyday plastic.

Enjoy the art—and learn what you can do to reduce plastic use

The show includes work from Chris Jordan (PopTech 2009), whose work explores contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives, connecting the viewer viscerally to the enormity and power of humanity’s collective will.

In one of the most emotional presentations at PopTech 2009, Jordan shares heart-wrenching images of birds killed by ingesting plastics that increasingly pollute our oceans.

Robert Sandler tells the story of ocean slime, using stop motion and jellyfish puppets. 

Visit creaturecast.org for more stories about the unexpected world of Biology.

Watch now: In her talk, “Why Whales are Weird,” energetic, articulate anatomist and PopTech Iceland speaker Joy Reidenberg presents an amazing array of fact about the beloved mammal (Whales evolved from deer-like creatures! Their spinal movement is more like galloping in the water! They don’t actually spout water! They have mustaches!). She takes us through the story of evolution using whales as a model, explaining that evolution is the process to mediate resilience and thus, survival.