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A derelict gill net continues to 'ghost fish' at Farnsworth Bank, near Santa Catalina Island in southern California. In this case, a shark has recently become entangled in the net and died. This photo was taken by the Southwest Fisheries Science Center's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at approximately 50m.
California offshore 2008 October
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A prawn/fish trap rests on the sea floor at Farnsworth Bank, near Santa Catalina Island in southern California. A school of small rosy rockfishes (Sebastes rosaceus) are aggregated around the trap. This trap has likely been in place for a while given the amount of encrusting organisms present. This photo was taken by the SWFSC remotely operated vehicle at approximately 35 meters.
California offshore 2008 October
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A classic example of marine debris, a derelict fish/prawn trap continues to 'ghost fish' at 9 Mile Bank, which is approximately nine miles off the coast of San Diego. Inside the trap, there is at least one bank rockfish (Sebastes rufus) . This photo was taken by the Southwest Fisheries Science Center's remotely operated vehicle at approximately 530 meters.
California offshore 2005 January
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Ragfish egg (Icosteus aenigmaticus) image taken under a microscope at the SWFSC in La Jolla. The egg was collected 4/14/2006 in a continuous underway fish egg sampler (CUFES) sample aboard the NOAA Ship OSCAR DYSON off the coast of Washington.
Washington offshore 2006 April 14
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Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax) eggs collected and photographed under a microscope in April 2006 during FRD's California Current Ecosystem Survey aboard the NOAA Ship DAVID STARR JORDAN.
California offshore 2006 April
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These Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax) larvae are from the SWFSC ichthyoplankton reference collection. The specimens were collected in the CalCOFI area.
California offshore 2006 November
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Curlfin turbot (Pleuronichthys decurrens), a right-eyed flounder found in the eastern Pacific. Larva and juvenile specimen from SWFSC La Jolla ichthyoplankton reference collection. Top is a 6.5 mm larva, taken in a 1-meter ring net in June 1952 from CalCOFI Station 70.65 aboard the R/V SPENCER F. BAIRD Bottom image is 31 mm juvenile taken in mid-water trawl, April 1972, off JORDAN
Pacific Ocean eastern 2010 January 26
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Cowcod larvae (Sebastes levis), a species of rockfish. Top specimens collected in bongo tow in April 2006 at CalCOFI station 83.3 42.0 aboard Scripps ship NEW HORIZON. Larva on left is 3.3 mm, on right 3.1 mm. The 7.4 mm flexion stage larva on bottom was collected in a bongo tow in 4/2009 at station 95.45 during SWFSC California Current Ecosystem Survey aboard charter vessel FROSTI.
California offshore 2010 February 3
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Jack mackerel (Trachurus symmetricus) eggs and larva are part of the SWFSC La Jolla ichthyoplankton reference collection specimens. They were collected from the CalCOFI area.
California offshore 2007 February 9
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Planktonic protists: plants and grazers. The two yellowish protists are diatoms (plants) while the brown life forms are tintinnids (grazers). Examples of morphological diversity of protists. Sample from a plankton net tow in the Bay of Villefranche on the January 25 2011. The two diatoms (plants) and the three tintinnid ciliates, which feed on small plants, have very different shapes.
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Astrolithium cruciatum
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Tintinnopsis beroidea .
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Carpocanium Sp. Skeleton of the radiolarian Carpocanium from a sample in the Aegean Sea at 600m depth
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Ceratium digitatum (running away!)
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Cell wall of Ceratium tripos
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Cladopyxis sp. Dinoflagellate from the Aegean Sea. Lugol's-fixed specimen from 75m depth.
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Climacocyclis scalaria - Specimen from the Bay of Villefranche in October 2010, Lugol's-fixed. Images taken with a 20X objective and compiled with a Helico Focus.
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Globigerinid Foramaniferan. Possibly Globigerinella siphonifera or Globerigina falconensis (according to Jan Pawlowski)
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Phycologist humor - lorica evolution? Why have a lorica or shell? The lorica or shell likely evolved as protection against predation by other protists such as dinoflagellates and radiolarians who use feeding tubes and pseudopodia. The seemingly odd morphologies of planktonic organisms are the result of "Watery Arms Race" pitting prey against predator according to Victor Smetacek.
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Unidentified planktonic protist. If you know what this is, please contact the Observatoire Oceanologique de Villefrance-sur-Mer
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Probably Lamprocyclas maritalis
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Parafavella parumdentata - specimen collected from the Bering Sea by Diane Stoecker.
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Protohabdonella curta - a tintinnid microzooplankton species
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Radiolarian ate the tintinnid Proplectella
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Scyphosphaera apsteinii. A coccolithophorid from the Ionean Sea. Coccolithhophorids are plants and cover their cells with calcium carbonate plates.
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Star radiolarian. Specimen from the Bay of Villefranche in October 2010. Lugol's-fixed.
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Steenstrupiella steenstrupii
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Dadayiella ganymedes - From the Indian Ocean collected during the Tara Oceans Expedition at Station 58, DCM, image using 60X objective
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Tiarina fusus - The mouth end of this marine ciliate is at the top. It has calcium carbonate plates (the beaded surface). It feeds on microscopic algae.
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Wagon wheel diatom
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CTD rosette being deployed. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurement instrument.
2010
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CTD rosette in water. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurement instrument.
2010
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CTD rosette going down. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurement instrument.
2010
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CTD rosette coming up. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurement instrument.
2010
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CTD rosette coming up. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurement instrument.
2010
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CTD rosette coming up. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurement instrument.
2010
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CTD rosette being recovered. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurement instrument.
2010
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CTD rosette being recovered. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurement instrument.
2010
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CTD rosette being deployed at sunset. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurement instrument.
2010
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CTD rosette being recovered. CTD stands for Conductivity, Temperature, Depth measurement instrument.
2010
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One of the fun things to do with CTD's and other instrument packages that go to great depth is to attach styrofoam cups to the instrument. The water pressure at depth shrinks the cups. These are two cups prior to going to great depths.
2010
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The small shrunken cups in this image are the same ones that were seen before going to depth in image fish2809, the previous image.
2010
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Preparing a CTD rosette for taking measurements and water samples at the Deep Water Horizon oil spill site.
2010
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Preparing a CTD rosette for taking measurements and water samples at the Deep Water Horizon oil spill site.
2010
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CTD operations at night on the NOAA Ship PISCES. CTD instrument is far below attached to the wire line.
2010
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CTD operations at night on the NOAA Ship PISCES. CTD instrument is far below attached to the wire line.
2010
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Obtaining water samples from water bottles attached to CTD rosette that are opened at different depths.
2010
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CTD rosette being deployed and going down.
2010
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CTD rosette being deployed and going down.
2010
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CTD rosette being recovered.
2010

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