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 (1720 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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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