Friday Deep-Sea Picture (1/19/07)

A new series for you Friday Deep-Sea Picture. Feel free to email us great pictures you find about the web or from you personal collection.


Starfish graze on an extensive bed of mussels on the outer flanks of the cone. Image courtesy of New Zealand-American Submarine Ring of Fire 2005 Exploration, NOAA Vents Program.

Dr. M (1730 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

4 comments on “Friday Deep-Sea Picture (1/19/07)
  1. T^hat image reminds me of when I was prawn fishing in OZ. We hauled the nets one night at about 0300hrs, the nets were heavy with prawn and we were looking forward to steaming back to Bundaberg to off load the catch and drink beer.

    To our shock the nets were loaded with STARFISH. As I undid the cod ends nothing moved as they had wedged in the nets and each one had to be removed from the nets by hand.

    I rember starting fishing again at about 2100 hrs the next day

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