• Photo: Close-up of branching coral

    Coral Patterns

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Invertebrate Features

  • Photo: Organ pipe coral

    Coral

    It's reef madness in this colorful gallery of coral formations.

  • Photo: Cluster of orange cup coral

    Photo Gallery: Coral Reefs

    About 80 percent of all life on Earth is found in the oceans, which cover 71 percent of the planet's surface. Take a look at how colorful life under the sea can be.

  • Photo: A lobster and crab on the seafloor

    Lobster

    Learn more about these popular crustaceans that some think of only as a meal. Find out the sizes that these sea creatures are capable of attaining.

  • Photo: Sea cucumber

    Sea Cucumber

    Learn how these amazing echinoderms deter predators by snaring them with sticky threads and even hurling their internal organs about.

  • Photo: A troglobite

    Discoveries in the Dark

    Eyeless spiders, translucent millipedes, 175-year-old crayfish, and other odd cave-dwellers face an uncertain future.

Animal News

  • A photo of an Atlantic goliath grouper

    Watch: Fish Eats Shark

    A goliath grouper snatches an "easy" meal when it downs a four-foot shark in one bite.

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  • Photo of a lioness chasing a greater kudu.

    Lion Kills Kudu

    Two animals tracked by National Geographic researchers meet on an African savanna. Only one walks away.

    Wednesday

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From the Magazine

  • Photo: Two adult preen, Ireland

    Gannets Pictures

    Champion divers but clumsy landers, doting parents but hostile neighbors—northern gannets abound in contradictions.

  • Photo: Silent Ural owl

    Estonia's Ural Owls

    Photographer Sven Začek provides an intimate view of this large raptor.