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

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Brittle stars wrapping about a deepwater coral at approximately 1600 meters depth on a small seamount.
2010 July 2
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A close look at the red arms of a sea lily living at 516 meters depth.
2010, July 3
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A giant basket star with an intricate network of bifurcating legs is imaged at 555 meters depth.
2010, July 3
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Close look at the extended polyps of lavendar octocoral
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A stalked sponge.
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Closeup of extended polyps of a cnidarian
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A stalked sponge (?) coral (?)
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This animal is probably a "carnivorous sponge" of the family cladorhizidae.
2010 July 6
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Crinoids and brittlestars on the arms of what appears to be a giant sponge.
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Dense community including sponges, sea lilies, corals, and even a galatheid crab imaged at Site K.
Indonesia, Site K 2010 July 22
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A glass sponge with red shrimp
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Unidentified fauna. Perhaps a purple sea hare.
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Diving on a shallow volcanic cone the ROV encountered what appeared to be iron staining around cracks in the rocks and possibly a yellow bacterial mat. The white animal is a sponge.
Indonesia 2010 July 13
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A close look at a rare representative of the phylum cnidaria. Seen at 807 meters depth.
Indonesia 2010, July 13
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A large white anemone
Indonesia
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Venus flytrap (actinoscyphiid sea anemones) anemones on a volcanic boulder.
Indonesia
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Crinoids, sea lilies,
Indonesia
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Beautiful spiral iridigorgia coral.
Indonesia
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A red many-legged holothurian (?) a huge worm (?)
Indonesia
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A white many-legged holothurian (?) a huge worm (?)
Indonesia
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Close up of a large purple spoon worm
Indonesia 2010 July 10
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Galatheid crab on a deepwater coral from a frame grab of an ROV high definition video camera.
Indonesia 2010 July 5
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Galatheid crab on a deepwater coral
Indonesia 2010 July 12
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A galatheid crab ready to battle the Little Hercules ROV
Indonesia
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1/3 lobster, 1/3 crab, 1/3 alien . Face looks a little like something from the Predator movie.
Indonesia
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A large spiky sea urchin
Indonesia
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Sea spider (pycnogonid) seen on the side of a volcanic cone. The sea spider was 30 centimeters wide by 20 centimeters tall with bright orange spindly legs.
Indonesia 2010 July 11
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Large octopus with large glassy eyes seen near the summit of a seamount that rose to 1550 meters water depth.
Indonesia 2010 July 8
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Large octopus with large glassy eyes seen near the summit of a seamount that rose to 1550 meters water depth.
Indonesia 2010 July 8
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A translucent squid on the side of a seamount.
Indonesia
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Squid observed on the side of a seamount
Indonesia 2010 July 2
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A beautiful red fish sitting on the bottom.
Indonesia
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Chimaera
Indonesia
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A goosefish perched on the bottom.
Indonesia
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Hydrothermal vents found on the undersea volcano Kawio Barat (West Kawio) Seamount.
Indonesia 2010 June 30
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As we came upon the hydrothermal vent source, we could see frozen sulphur and dense populations of shrimp covering rocks.
Indonesia 2010 June 30
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A vent spewing hydrothermal fluids in the foreground with barnacles covering sulphide chimneys behind.
Indonesia 2010 June 30
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Close-up imagery showing barnacles covering sulphur structures on Kawio Barat volcano. Their tentacles, or 'cirri', extended like blooming flowers, then folded back into the shell. The white fluff on the cirri are filaments of bacteria that grow in the passing vent water. The barnacles hold them out to improve growth then, apparently, withdraw to 'lick their fingers'.
Indonesia, Kawio Barat 2010 June 30
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0.5 to 1 meter tall active and inactive spires on the summit of the Kawio Barat submarine volcano. Spires observed at 1849 meters depth.
Indonesia, Kawio Barat 2010 June 30
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The first animals we sighted were clams sparsely scattered over the sediment and white mats, both of which use vent fluids as energy for associated microbes.
Indonesia, Kawio Barat 2010 June 30
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Zooming closer with the cameras on the ROV, we can see frozen sulphur rivulets covering the rocks. Molten sulphur at high temperature is black while the yellow sulphur indicates a lower temperature when molten. Diffuse vent fluids in the area promote the growth of bacteria, attracting dense populations of shrimp that graze on the food source.
Indonesia, Kawio Barat 2010 June 30
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A closer look at a chimney surface reveals blue-white fluffy bacteria on a white squat lobster, probably a grazer.
Indonesia, Kawio Barat 2010 June 30
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The surface of the sulphide chimney has started to oxidize to an orange color. A large scale-worm lurks to the left - it is a predator with large jaws.
Indonesia, Kawio Barat 2010 June 30
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In a new site, we can never know for sure what the animals are from vent communities only. But this crab likely belongs to a group known only from hot vents.
Indonesia, Kawio Barat 2010 June 30
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Cameras on the ROV reveal a field of sulphur chimneys completely covered with barnacles.
Indonesia, Kawio Barat 2010 June 30
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Venting is still active through some of the chimneys. Here a thin spire grows with a black tip and emerging water that is probably over 100 degrees C.
Indonesia, Kawio Barat 2010 June 30
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A dense assemblage of barnacles covered rocks and sulphur chimneys on Kawio Barat.
Indonesia, Kawio Barat 2010 June 30
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West Kawio (Kawio Barat) Seamount which rises 3800 meters from the seafloor. A 3D view derived from the OKEANOS EXPLORER multi-beam mapping system.
Indonesia, Kawio Barat
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A black smoker chimney named 'Boardwalk' emitting hydrothermal fluids at 644 F (340 C) in the northeastern Pacific Ocean at a depth of 7,260 feet. This smoker is on the Endeavor Segment of the Juan de Fuca ridge system.
Washington
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Four-way association. Hermit crabs were found in association with soft corals (red - polyps retracted). Note that the hermit crab is also associated with an episymbiontic anemone - the snail shell provides home to both animals. 422 meters depth.
Indonesia, Site K 2010 July 11

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