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Pirates attacked an Italian ship off the coast of Mexico — the latest sign of a growing criminal industry

There's big money in stealing fuel in Mexico, and the thieves are willing to go offshore in order to find new targets.
The tiny pocket shark.

Tiny, glow-in-the-dark sharks have been discovered in the Gulf of Mexico

It is just 5 and a half inches long, and has some unusual features like a pouch that squirts out small puffs of glowing bioluminous fluid clouds.
Tropical Storm Barry approaches the coast of Louisiana from the Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Barry is weakening as it moves over Louisiana, but heavy rain and flooding could still worsen — here are the latest updates

Hurricane Barry is swamping Louisiana. More rain is looming, so residents are looking to Mississippi river levees to hold back floodwater.
Marine life, particularly fish, are victims of low-oxygen "dead zones": areas of ocean severely lacking in oxygen.

The ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico may grow to the size of Massachusetts this summer. That could make seafood more expensive.

The Gulf of Mexico's "dead zone" is an area of oxygen-starved water off the coast. Its size fluctuates depending on how much run-off enters the ocean.
A goosefish (Lophiodes beroe) was observed at ~640 meters (~2,100 feet). These fish are fairly common at about 600 - 800 meters (~1,970 - 2,625 feet) deep. A type of anglerfish, the lures are visible in the center of its face.

Scientists spent three weeks exploring the Gulf of Mexico’s uncharted ocean habitats — and the images they captured are fascinating

Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducted an expedition to explore uncharted waters in the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico — and the images they're bringing back are astonishing.
One of the “dancing sea cucumbers” that fascinated the researchers.

Scientists caught rare footage of sea cucumbers hovering deep in the Gulf of Mexico — and it looks like something from an alien world

Sea cucumbers can regulate their buoyancy and hover in the water column. NOAA scientists caught rare footage of this on a recent expedition to some of the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico.
A wholesaler inspects beef carcasses that hang inside a refrigerated room at the Cibevial slaughterhouse in Corbas, France, May 4, 2016.

How eating meat creates a ‘dead zone’ the size of New Jersey in the Gulf of Mexico every year

Eating meat contributes to an ongoing ecological disaster in the Gulf Mexico, where sea life gets suffocated in a '"dead zone" the size of New Jersey.

Pre-Christmas gas shortages in Mexico hint at a bigger weakness in the county’s oil industry

Hundreds of Mexicans all across the country lined up for gasoline in recent days, but the country's oil industry's problems go further than supply.

An oil-tanker fire in the Gulf of Mexico has been put out, but it’s still not clear what caused it

The tanker burned for over 24 hours before being extinguished late on Sunday.

A Mexican oil tanker went up in flames on Saturday — and it’s still not clear why

An explosion aboard a Pemex oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico forced the crew to evacuate the ship.