The vent mussel Bathymodiolus.

The vent mussel Bathymodiolus draws water through the siphons at its open end (left); its foot (right) extends and attaches to the rock with byssal threads. This mussel and its mates are ~18 cm (7 in) long. Image courtesy of Submarine Ring of Fire 2004 Exploration, NOAA Vents Program.


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Submarine Ring of Fire 2004

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