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    Coral Patterns

    See the Brilliant Intricacies

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Invertebrate Features

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    Pictures of a Lethal, Gelatinous Beauty

    The Portuguese man-of-war is infamous for its painful sting, but one photographer finds the beauty inside this animal's dangerous embrace.

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    Sea Cucumber

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

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Big Cat Week

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    Tracking Orphaned Cougars in the Wild

    The cougar is one of the iconic animals of the Americas. Its range stretches from the Yukon to the southern tip of Chile, yet it has been one of the least understood of all the big cats, until now.

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    The Safari Live Bingo Challenge

    Bring the beauty of Africa into your home. Watch and play along for your chance to win a Safari to Tanzania from National Geographic Expeditions.



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    It’s a Big Cat Throwdown

    Sometimes big cats find themselves in big spats. Check out some of the fiercest battles from Big Cat Week.