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Science  02 Jun 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5778, pp. 1285
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5778.1285a

Anyone intrigued by ocean life can hook plenty of information at MarineBio.org. Founded by geoscientist David Campbell of Houston, Texas, the site holds a multimedia encyclopedia that describes more than 200 species, with accounts on another 800 in the works. Visitors can cue up audio snippets of blue whale songs or read about the dining habits of the bearded fireworm (Hermodice carunculata), a bristly relative of earthworms that slurps up reef-building coral animals. Galleries let you tag along on expeditions to havens such as Bonaire in the Caribbean and the coast of Honduras. At the Plankton Forums, browse the latest marine science headlines or discuss newly discovered deep-sea critters with scientists and other ocean fans. The site also features backgrounders on conservation issues such as sustainable fishing and invasive species.

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