It's officially spooky season! Follow along with us as we celebrate all things spooky, odd, or spine-tingling in the ocean and atmosphere with 31 days of NOAA Spooky Science!
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Kicking off 31 days of NOAA Spooky Science is NOAA Fisheries with their spooktacular smartphone wallpaper gallery! From the vicious viperfish to the deadly dragonfish, these photos are sure to add some Halloween flair to your phone!
You’ll go batty reading this NOAA Spooky Science fact from the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information! A paleoclimate dataset — derived from bat guano — provides insight into climate conditions from way back in 950 AD ... Who knew you could get that kind of information from bat poo?
Did you know there are underwater vampires? Okay, maybe not the bloodsucking mermaid you might be picturing, but some equally eerie creatures. Read all about about the vampire squid, a scary cephalopod of saltwater depths, and the vampire fish, a fanged freshwater fiend in this NOAA Spooky Science resource from the National Ocean Service.
This NOAA Spooky Science feature is sure to leave you feeling creepy crawly! From the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, see what happens when a whale dies and sinks to the seafloor. Hey, the little guys gotta eat, too! You'll be surprised what crawls out of the deep...
Red sprites, blue jets, and elves, oh my! Did you know that these mysterious cousins of lightning can appear high in the atmosphere during a large thunderstorm? This NOAA Spooky Science resource from the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory is filled with strange, spine-chilling storm science.
Still thinking about a design for your jack-o-lantern this year? Look no further! Carve out some time for Halloween fun and choose one of our NOAA-themed pumpkin carving templates. Let us know which NOAA Spooky Science template you choose!
What’s more frightening … Spiders or SEA spiders?! We thought spiders were limited to land until watching this NOAA Spooky Science video! Okay, they’re not really spiders, but we’re not totally spinning you a web of lies. Check out these spider-like creepy crawlers from NOAA Ocean Today.
It has no bones, it lurks in the dark, and it’s sometimes called a “ghost shark.” This denizen of the deep checks all the boxes for NOAA Spooky Science! Do you know what it is? Find out from NOAA Ocean Today.
If brain-eating zombies give you a scare, then, dear reader, you better prepare! There are undead fishing nets that roam the sea, you’ll shake in your waders reading this NOAA Spooky Science story from NOAA Marine Debris.
Halloween marks a tricky time of year for meteorologists and climatologists as autumn is in full swing across the Northern Hemisphere. Check out this NOAA Spooky Science resource from the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information to learn about the wicked weather variations that Halloween has from year to year.
If you’re prepared for ghosts, ghouls, and goblins this Halloween, you might want to also consider zombies … zombie satellites, that is. Should we fear the graveyard orbit of un-dead satellites? Find out in this NOAA Spooky Science resource from NOAA Satellites.
A garden of ghouls and ghastly creatures lurk in the deep. One creature has eight suckered arms, three beating hearts, and eats with a beak that can deliver a venomous bite. Do you know what this NOAA Spooky Science video from Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary features?
Flying into the eye of a hurricane sounds nightmarish for some, but for others it’s a thrill that helps collect life-saving data about hurricanes and storm patterns. If you had the chance to bring this daunting dream to life, would you?
Atmospheric phenomena like geomagnetic storms can scare the casual observer, resembling a gathering of ghastly green ghouls or make it appear as if the sky is on fire. This NOAA Spooky Science resource has all the information you need to learn about space weather.
You’ve learned from an earlier NOAA Spooky Science about what happens when a whale dies and sinks to the seafloor. Now, download these especially eerie posters from NOAA Sanctuaries to better understand the creepy crawlies that feed off the carcass.
There’s a sea of memories waiting to be explored at shipwreck sites around the country. This NOAA Spooky Science resource has info on shipwrecks from the Civil War through World War II.
In 1997, a mysterious underwater sound was captured by researchers in the southern Pacific ocean. Was the “Bloop” caused by secret underwater nymphs, giant squids, or a sea creature unknown to science? Or, something else entirely? Find out in this NOAA Spooky Science resource from the National Ocean Service.
Parts of the ocean seafloor are marked by mysterious formations of grid-like artifacts. Could these markings be remnants of lost cities or underwater streets? Find out with this NOAA Spooky Science resource from the National Ocean Service.
Every good scary movie uses fog, mist, or a dreary haze to create suspenseful, foreboding scenery. Though these obscurations may add mystery to a story, the reason they appear in the atmosphere isn’t mysterious at all. NWS explains in this NOAA Spooky Science resource.
It is the world’s deepest living superpredator ... anything it meets, it eats, including individuals of its own kind. Do you know which creepy creature offsite link we’re featuring for NOAA Spooky Science today?
What insidious poison can reduce a once verdant woodland to a ghost forest haunted by dead and dying timber? *shivers* Find out the answer to this spooky whodunit in this NOAA Spooky Science resource from the National Ocean Service.
A “dead zone” may sound like an area where zombies congregate, but it’s actually an area that has reduced levels of oxygen in the water, turning habitats once teeming with life into, essentially, biological deserts. Want to know more? Check out this NOAA Spooky Science resource from the National Ocean Service.
Are we sure there isn’t a werewolf over in NOAA Satellites? In this NOAA Spooky Science resource, “An ode to the Moon,” find out how GOES-R satellites use the moon to their advantage (and ‘just happen’ to catch breathtaking glimpses of the moon).