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All About Gag Grouper

Gag grouper are reef fish that live in the waters off the Southeastern United States, with …

Why is This Sea Cucumber Called a Headless Chicken Monster?

My favorite creatures in the ocean are the weird ones. Those blobby, slippery, bizarre, alien-looking things …

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How Does Filter Feeding Work?

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Why is There So Much Seaweed on the Beach?

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What are Those Tiny Holes in Beach Sand?

One of my favorite things about going to the beach every year is taking long, early-morning …

Do Jellyfish Have Brains?

Do jellyfish have brains? The short answer is no, jellyfish do not have brains. But this …

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Why is an Orca Not a Whale?

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