tubeworms and soft corals

Tubeworms and soft corals thrive at 3000 m at a seep site located at the base of the Florida Escarpment (~100 miles off the west coast of the Florida peninsula). A Galatheid squat lobster, alvinocarid shrimp, and eelpouts move in to feast on a mussel damaged during sampling. Photo taken using I. Macdonald camera system. Image courtesy of Deep East 2001, NOAA/OER.

Related Links

Deep East 2001

Deep East: The Complexity of Life

NOAA Ocean Explorer Gallery