Pacific Ring of Fire Expedition. Stalked crinoid (~ 5 inches across, ~13 cm)
on the caldera seafloor at West Rota volcano. Crinoids are suspension
feeders, using their crown, which is covered with
sticky pinnules, to capture zooplankton.
Image ID: expl0043, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect Location: Mariana Arc region, Western Pacific Ocean Photo Date: 2004 April Credit: Pacific Ring of Fire 2004 Expedition. NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration; Dr. Bob Embley, NOAA PMEL, Chief Scientist