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.

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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.

6 comments on “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. 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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