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

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Bacterial mat at cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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White and gray material characteristic of cold seep sites in the Gulf of Mexico.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Large vestimentiferan tube worms at cold seep site. The smaller tube worms appear to be a different species, perhaps serpulid tube worms. Small white zoanthids with tentacles extended are seen throughout the image except on the white area.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Large vestimentiferan tube worm and possible serpulid tube worms at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A vestimentiferan tube worm and smaller serpulid tube worms at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A grenadier and an eel pout at a patch of microbial material at a cold seep.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Patches of microbial material at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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White microbial material at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A patch of microbial materia. Bubbles of methane gas are seen in the center lower right of this image at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Live large bathymodiolus mussels, at least one large tube worm, red crabs ( Chaceon quinquedens), and white squat lobsters.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A closeup of the cold seep site in image expl8260 revealing more white squat lobsters, a few large shrimp, and what appear to be barnacles covering some of the mussels.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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White squat lobsters and filaments of microbial material at a cold seep site covering rock material and a broken mussel shell.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Cold seep site with large bathymodiolus mussels, white squat lobsters, and tube worms. White bacterial material is covering some of the mussels and fuzzy filaments cover part of the carbonate rock outcrop.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Numerous white shrimp living within a bathymodiolus mussel bed at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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White translucent shrimp living within a bed of bathymodiolus mussels at a cold seep site. A zoarcid fish peers out from between mussels on the left center edge of the image. Small circular white objects are seen on some of the mussels.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Bathymodiolus mussels and a red crab seen at a cold seep. The live mussels are covered with furry appearing microbial material. Piles of what appears to be fecal material are in the center of the image.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Eel pouts at a cold seep. A single red crab (Chaceon quinquedens) is also seen.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A cold seep site with large holes and dark brown stained rock and sediment. What caused this?
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A cold seep site with large holes and dark brown stained rock and sediment. What caused this? Is it natural or anthropogenic?
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Cold seep site looking somewhat like a channel.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Closeup of a group of bathymodiolus mussels at a cold seep site. A zoanthid colony is in the right center of the image and a small eelpout in the foreground .
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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6-inch eelpout on the edge of a group of bathymodiolus mussels.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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An odd picture. A bristle worm is in the left center foreground.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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6-inch eelpout on the edge of a group of bathymodiolus mussels.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A red crab (Chaceon quinquedens) defending its territory.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Worm tubes colonized by white translucent zoanthids.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Hydroids colonizing a worm tube.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Tip of vestimentiferan worm tube.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Bathymodiolus mussels at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Bathymodiolus mussels at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Bathymodiolus mussels, white to translucent shrimp, a scale worm and small life forms. The closer one looks at these oases of life, the more one finds.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Bathymodiolus mussels, white to translucent shrimp, zoanthids colonizing the mussel in the lower left corner, and vestimentiferan worm tubes at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A mound at a cold seep site with a "crater" at its top. A large fish has taken up residence next to the mound.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A large lithodid crab walks over the sea floor at a cold seep site. A medium- size fish and and red crab are seen in a depression in the upper right of the image.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Methane bubbles seen rising from a "crater" on a large mound at a cold seep site. White bacterial mat, a red crab (Chaceon quinquedens), a white squat lobster, and an eelpout are seen in the image. The eelpout can just be made out on the far side of the crater. Carbonate rock fragments are also seen on the crater.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Red crabs of varying sizes are seen in the vicinity of another "crater near a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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Little Hercules is seen investigating the crater seen in image expl8285.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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The tail of a large fish is seen in the hole in the side of the crater seen in image expl8285. To its left is an icy outcrop of methane hydrates.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A closer view of the large fish (perhaps a cusk eel) and the methane hydrates seen in the previous image. The methane hydrates are colonized by hundreds of ice worms, the brown objectsseen throughout the readily identifiable pattern of the hydrates at this cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A close view of the ice worms (Hesiocaeca methanicola) populating this methane hydrate occurrence at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A close view of the ice worms (probably Hesiocaeca methanicola) populating this methane hydrate occurrence at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A close view of the ice worms (probably Hesiocaeca methanicola) populating this methane hydrate occurrence at a cold seep site.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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A grenadier joins the cusk eel at this methane hydrate occurrence. Ice worms (probably Hesiocaeca methanicola) are seen associated with the hydrate.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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An aggregation of methane ice worms inhabiting a white methane hydrate. Studies suggest that these worms eat chemoautotrophic bacteria that are living off chemicals in the hydrate. Ice worms are probably Hesiocaeca methanicola.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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An aggregation of methane ice worms inhabiting a white methane hydrate. Studies suggest that these worms eat chemoautotrophic bacteria that are living off chemicals in the hydrate. Ice worms are probably Hesiocaeca methanicola.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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An aggregation of methane ice worms inhabiting a white methane hydrate. Studies suggest that these worms eat chemoautotrophic bacteria that are living off chemicals in the hydrate. Ice worms are probably Hesiocaeca methanicola.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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An aggregation of methane ice worms inhabiting a white methane hydrate. Studies suggest that these worms eat chemoautotrophic bacteria that are living off chemicals in the hydrate. Ice worms are probably Hesiocaeca methanicola.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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An aggregation of methane ice worms inhabiting a white methane hydrate. Studies suggest that these worms eat chemoautotrophic bacteria that are living off chemicals in the hydrate. Ice worms are probably Hesiocaeca methanicola.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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An aggregation of methane ice worms inhabiting a white methane hydrate. Studies suggest that these worms eat chemoautotrophic bacteria that are living off chemicals in the hydrate. Ice worms are probably Hesiocaeca methanicola.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12
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An aggregation of methane ice worms inhabiting a white methane hydrate. Studies suggest that these worms eat chemoautotrophic bacteria that are living off chemicals in the hydrate. Ice worms are probably Hesiocaeca methanicola.
Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Dome 2012 April 12

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