•  Divers swim past sponges covered in brittle stars in Panama 's Bocas del Toro region.

    Divers swim past brittle stars in Panama 's Bocas del Toro.

    Copyright © 2015 Smithsonian Institution, Photo: Laurie M. Penland

  • Marine GEO &TMON Plant Pop Survey

    MarineGeo & Tennenbaum Marine Observatories Network (TMON)

    Copyright © 2015 Smithsonian Institution, Photo: Laurie M. Penland

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    American Trail Exhibit, National Zoological Park

    Photo: Lindsay Astrab Slater

  • Smithsonian Research Scientist Dr. Matthieu Leray retrieves ARMS in Belize

    Autonomous Reef Marine Structures - Measuring Marine Life

    Copyright © 2012 Smithsonian Institution, Photo: Laurie M. Penland

  • Acropora palmata study site off the island of Carrie Bow Cay, Belize

    Acropora palmata study site off the island of Carrie Bow

    Copyright © 2013 Smithsonian Institution, Photo: Laurie M. Penland

  • Smithsonian Research Divers Sample Biofouling on Ship Hull in Bermuda

    Invasive Species Research - Marine Biofouling

    Copyright © 2014 Smithsonian Institution, Photo: Laurie M. Penland

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Pterois is an invasive species in the Caribbean.
Pterois (Lionfish) is an invasive species in the Caribbean. 
Copyright © 2012 Smithsonian Institution, Photo by Laurie M. Penland

 

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Dr. Ian Davidson collects samples from hull of ship to test for invasive species
Dr. Ian Davidson collects samples from hull of ship to test for invasive species

 

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