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Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Catalog of Images

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Riftia pachyptila tube worms, small yellowish mussels in many of the cracks in the rocks, limpets, and shimmering warm water emanating from an active venting site.
2011 July 22
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Riftia tube worms colonize diffuse vent habitats between broken pieces of lava. Shimmering venting warm fluid is seen emanating upward through the tube worms.
2011 July 22
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Mussels, limpets and bacterial mat
2011 July 22
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Closeup of mussels with siphons extended for feeding. Limpets and a bristleworm are seen as well.
2011 July 22
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Riftia pachyptila tube worms
2011 July 22
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Riftia pachyptila tube worms
2011 July 22
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Riftia pachyptila tube worms
2011 July 22
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Riftia pachyptila tube worms
2011 July 22
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Riftia pachyptila tube worms
2011 July 22
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Riftia pachyptila tube worms
2011 July 22
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Riftia pachyptila tube worms
2011 July 22
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Large fields of mostly dead clams surrounded the vent field. Living clams were also seen among the masses of empty shells.
2011 July 22
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Carpets of small (inch-long) anemones covered rock faces adjacent to the active venting in the Tempus Fugit vent field. Is the large covered shell mussel or clam?
2011 July 22
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Closeup of dead giant clams Calytogena magnifica at Tempus Fugit vent field.
2011 July 23
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Extensive beds of the giant clam Calyptogena magnifica were found in in abundance at Tempus Fugit vent field. A grenadier cruises over the clam bed. A barnacle covered rock is in lower left.
2011 July 23
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Large assemblage of Riftia pachyptila.
2011 July 23
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Small white anemones covering pillow lava as large pycnogonid crab forages
2011 July 23
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Small white anemones covering rock outcrops. Shrimp and crab can be seen as well.
2011 July 23
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Large assemblage of Riftia pachyptila with white anemones and white squat lobsters. Smoky appearance of water is fraom active vents and debris in water possibly from chemical precipitation of constituents of vent water upon cooling.
2011 July 23
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Squat lobsters and two large Riftia pachyptila tube worms seen behind curtain of shimmering hydrothermal waters.
2011 July 23
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Large assemblage of Riftia pachyptila with small white anemones and white brachyuran crabs.
2011 July 23
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Bed of live and dead giant clams in vicinity of hydrothermal venting.
2011 July 23
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Large white feather duster worm.
2011 July 23
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Large white feather duster worm.
2011 July 23
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Aggregation of large white feather duster worms. What appears to be a small pinkish worm is next to large tube in upper right quadrant.
2011 July 23
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Small white tube worms with siblonogid tube worms.
2011 July 23
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Polychaete diversity; a scale worm clings to rock also inhabited by smaller feather duster worms.
2011 July 23
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Close-up of the 'plume' extending out of a Riftia pachyptila hard tube. The bright red coloring is due to complex hemoglobin within the plume used to transport oxygen through the worm's respiratory system. Note also the similar structure on the siboglinid tube worm just above the riftia tube worm.
2011 July 23
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Riftia pachyptila tube worm with plume extended, smaller siblonogid tube worm above, limpets, and vent shrimp.
2011 July 23
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Closeup of siblonogid tube worm.
2011 July 23
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Riftia tube worm with siboglinid tube worms, smaller polychaete feather duster worm tubes, smaller white tube worms, white limpets, and shrimp at a vent site.
2011 July 23
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Clambed with many dead clams amongst pillow lavas. White tube worms and small white anemones are also seen.
2011 July 23
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One of the largest concentrations of Riftia observed, with anemones and mussels colonizing in close proximity.
2011 July 23
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One of the largest concentrations of Riftia observed, with anemones and mussels colonizing in close proximity.
2011 July 23
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One of the largest concentrations of Riftia observed, with anemones and mussels colonizing in close proximity.
2011 July 23
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One of the largest concentrations of Riftia observed, with anemones and mussels colonizing in close proximity.
2011 July 23
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One of the largest concentrations of Riftia observed, with anemones and mussels colonizing in close proximity.
2011 July 23
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One of the largest concentrations of Riftia observed, with anemones and mussels colonizing in close proximity.
2011 July 23
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One of the largest concentrations of Riftia observed, with anemones and mussels colonizing in close proximity.
2011 July 23
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One of the largest concentrations of Riftia observed, with anemones and mussels colonizing in close proximity.
2011 July 23
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Closeup of a Riftia tube worm's red gas exchange or 'plume' extending from its tube. The blurring to the left and right is caused by the vent fluids actively mixing with the seawater.
2011 July 23
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One of the largest concentrations of Riftia observed, with anemones and mussels colonizing in close proximity.
2011 July 23
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A thick pocket of young mussels inhabiting a cleft in the seafloor at the Tempus Fugit vent site.
2011 July 23
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A tight aggregation of Riftia tube worms blurred by hydrothermal fluids emanating from cracks in the rock. Several crabs and shrimp can be seen clinging to the tube structures.
2011 July 23
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Little Herc over an assemblage of Riftia tube worms.
2011 July 23
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Riftia tube worms at an active venting site.
2011 July 23
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Even here, at the edge of creation, human trash finds its way to the seafloor.
2011 July 22
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Two species of tube worms seen through shimmering hot venting water
Caribbean Sea, Mid-Cayman Rise 2011 August 6
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A small prickly sponge?
Caribbean Sea, Mid-Cayman Rise 2011 August 6
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These small shells were seen throughout most of the area often times collecting in the bottom of holes and depressions.
Caribbean Sea, Mid-Cayman Rise 2011 August 6

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