big mussel

Scientists discovered several communities of football-size mussels, Bathymodiolus brooksi, at Mississippi Canyon 853 during Alvin Dive 4178. This is the biggest B. brooksi specimen ever collected. Notice the staining from the oil that is sometimes found in the sediment around seeps. Image courtesy of Expedition to the Deep Slope.

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