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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl6581

Close-up of the 'plume' extending out of a Riftia pachyptila hard tube. The bright red coloring is due to complex hemoglobin within the plume used to transport oxygen through the worm's respiratory system. Note also the similar structure on the siboglinid tube worm just above the riftia tube worm.

Image ID: expl6581, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Photo Date: 2011 July 23
Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Galapagos Rift Expedition 2011

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