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

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Benthothuria, an escape swimmer. When disturbed , Benthothuria flexes its body and empties its gut of heavy sediment. Having come off the bottom, it remains suspended due to the neutral buoyancy of its thick purple body wall. Somehow it gains enough weight to sink and resume feeding.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Benthothuria, an escape swimmer. When disturbed , Benthothuria flexes its body and empties its gut of heavy sediment. Having come off the bottom, it remains suspended due to the neutral buoyancy of its thick purple body wall. Somehow it gains enough weight to sink and resume feeding.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Benthothuria, an escape swimmer. When disturbed , Benthothuria flexes its body and empties its gut of heavy sediment. Having come off the bottom, it remains suspended due to the neutral buoyancy of its thick purple body wall. Somehow it gains enough weight to sink and resume feeding.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Benthothuria, an escape swimmer. When disturbed , Benthothuria flexes its body and empties its gut of heavy sediment. Having come off the bottom, it remains suspended due to the neutral buoyancy of its thick purple body wall. Somehow it gains enough weight to sink and resume feeding.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Anemone? corallimorph? with scale worm in lower left.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Translucent purple holothurian
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Translucent purple holothurian with outline of intestinal tract visible
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Front end of translucent purple holothurian
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Possibly a holothurian adhering to the underside of a rock ledge. If not a holothurian, perhaps the black features looking like dots would give a clue to what it is.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Benthothuria, an escape swimmer. When disturbed , Benthothuria flexes its body and empties its gut of heavy sediment. Having come off the bottom, it remains suspended due to the neutral buoyancy of its thick purple body wall. Somehow it gains enough weight to sink and resume feeding.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Benthothuria, an escape swimmer. When disturbed , Benthothuria flexes its body and empties its gut of heavy sediment. Having come off the bottom, it remains suspended due to the neutral buoyancy of its thick purple body wall. Somehow it gains enough weight to sink and resume feeding.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Two fat purple holothurians on a mud/sand bottom. How do like species find each other or even come into close proximity in the eternal darkness of the seafloor? Why are they purple in a lightless environment?
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A swimming pinkish red translucent holothurian. Its front is to the right. The extended "arms" are used to shovel sand and mud in its mouth during feeding.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A pinkish purple translucent holothurian on a sandy bottom.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A fat purple holothurian with two red sea urchins and a red shrimp. on a sandy/ mud bottom.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A fat purple holothurian after lift-off and swimming.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A translucent reddish-pink holothurian swimming.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Closeup of appendages on the side of a whitish pink holothurian.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Pinkish white holothurian. Are the round balls eggs? excrement? Perhaps they are sea urchin eggs. See image expl7612 .
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A beautiful translucent reddish pink holothurian swimming relatively far above the seafloor.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A whitish purple holothurian. It seemingly left a small scraped area to the right behind it.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A white holothurian with brown staining on top - mud? biological material? natural coloration? A small squat lobster clings to its side.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A small squat lobster hitching a ride on a large white holothurian.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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White holothurian showing tubule feet and branch like respiratory trees.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Two white holothurians side by side.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A purple swimming holothurian
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A purple translucent holothurian
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A dirty sediment covered holothurian
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A purple translucent holothurian
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A white translucent holothurian partially covered with shell material.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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A squat lobster on a translucent holothurian.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Two white holothurians side by side. How do they find each other?
Gulf of Mexico, North
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White ugly holothurians.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Fat white holothurian
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Pencil urchin and bryozoan.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Pencil urchin with a white spiky crab.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Green urchin with small delicate coral.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Green urchin with small delicate coral.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Red sea urchin on sandy substrate
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Red sea urchin on sandy substrate
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Red sea urchin on sandy substrate
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Closeup of "feet" and spines of red sea urchin on sandy substrate
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Gonopore of red sea urchin just prior to releasing eggs.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Eggs emerge from the gonopore of a sea urchin. Fertilization occurs in the seawater; the male releases sperm and then the female releases eggs.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Eggs released from the gonopore of a sea urchin. Fertilization occurs in the seawater; the male releases sperm and then the female releases eggs.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Two red sea urchins on a sandy substrate.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Red sea urchin being measure with laser - red dots are 10 cm (4 inches) apart.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Pencil urchin with blue sponge and translucent anemones.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Pencil urchin with blue sponge, translucent white anemones, and brownish red anemones.
Gulf of Mexico, North
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Orange sea urchin
Gulf of Mexico, North

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