Friday Deep-Sea Picture (1/26/07)


This pink gorgonian coral was photographed by ROV Tiburon at a depth of about 1,700 meters (5,600 feet) during an expedition to Davidson Seamount in 2002. Several small pink shrimp are climbing on the coral, perhaps eating small animals or bits of the coral itself. From MBARI.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. 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. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. 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.

6 Replies to “Friday Deep-Sea Picture (1/26/07)”

  1. Has this pink shrimp been collected and/or identified? I would be interested to know whether it may be an Alvinocarid or Hippolytid species of shrimp.

  2. What a beautiful site! Is there a book that has a collection of these type of pictures? This would be beneficial to my elementary students who have never been to an ocean or seen sea life.

  3. Does this gorgonian have a name yet, Craig? It looks like a Primnoid (prim-no-id).

  4. It does look like it could be a Heptacarpus due to its transparent carapace. Might also be a Lebbeus too. L. washingtonianus is fairly cosmopolitan and L. carinata was described from vents on the EPR. Anyone looking at these shrimp specimens?

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