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Scientists returned to the Philippines to explore the most biologically diverse marine ecosystem on the planet.
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Madagascar's geologic history set the stage for the evolution of the island's unique flora and fauna.
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Shark Week

Sharks make for more than just great TV. They're also fascinating creatures with starring roles in keeping the ocean healthy.

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How did Academy scientists unravel the mystery of this unusual shark birth?
Shark Week
One-quarter of all known shark, ray, and chimaera species are globally threatened, with many more in question.
Shark Week
How much do we really know about sharks and rays? And how many of them need our help and protection?

The Future of Coral Reefs

Scientists are working on new solutions for saving these beautiful, biologically diverse, and crucial habitats.

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What is the secret to reef recovery?
The Future of Coral Reefs
Coral reefs are in trouble globally, but efforts are underway to save them.
The Future of Coral Reefs
How are some corals able to withstand natural warming? Can we learn from these reefs to help protect others?

Color in Nature

More than purely pretty, color plays an invaluable role in sending signals between living organisms.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish
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Learn how and why octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish change colors.
Color in Nature
Some octopuses can sense light with their skin.
Color in Nature
Millipedes in California's mountain ranges use bioluminescence to avoid predators, but how did it originate?

Saving Endangered Species

With a growing list of vulnerable species, it’s more important than ever to help save them from extinction.

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An Academy researcher is studying the adorable, elusive pygmy sloth, a critically endangered species.
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Saving Endangered Species
Steinhart Aquarium researchers traveled to South Africa to help save hundreds of penguin chicks from starvation.
Saving Endangered Species
Academy scientists are collecting, breeding and studying Lake Oku clawed frogs.

Academy Voices

Learn more about the symbiosis between cleaner wrasses and their clients
Genomics provides evidence for the role of selection in the diversification of fishes.
Academy researcher John McCosker talks about local sharks and efforts to protect them.
Academy scientists describe some of the spectacular organisms that can be discovered in the shallows.

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With the drought in California, salmon smolts are hitching a ride to get to the open ocean.

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A newly discovered frog can change textures from smooth to "punk rocker" in a matter of minutes!
By taking high resolution images of our collections, the Academy is making our specimens available to the world.
The dottyback, a small reef fish, can use mimicry to fool multiple species of prey.
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