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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl1815

Chemoautotrophic whale-fall community, including bacteria mats, vesycomyid clams in the sediments, galatheid crabs, polynoids, and a variety of other invertebrates. The 35-ton gray whale was originally implanted on the seafloor at 1674 meters depth in 1998. This picture was taken 6 years later.

Image ID: expl1815, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: California, Santa Cruz Basin, Channel Islands
Photo Date: 2004
Credit: Craig Smith, University of Hawaii.

Category: Ocean exploration/

High Resolution Photo Available

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