Friday Deep-Sea Picture (9/21/07): Inverts From the Deep Gulf of Mexico

The Johnsen Lab at Duke University has several great high resolution (warning: slow loading) photographs of specimens from the Gulf of Mexico (Brine Pool, Garden Bank, Vioska Knoll, Green Canyon) between 1000 and 3000 feet. Photos are courtesy of their of the Johnsen Lab.

The crab Paralomis cubensis


The brittle star (serpent star) Ophiocreas sp.

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.

4 Replies to “Friday Deep-Sea Picture (9/21/07): Inverts From the Deep Gulf of Mexico”

  1. Explanation: I had written about the 14days record in Ponza, of 6 divers living for 2 weeks underwater, but the link for some pictures is wrong.

  2. Beautiful invertebrates!

    And so close to home (for me at least), right here in the Gulf of Mexico. I regret that I’m only familiar with the local invertebrate “jetty trash”.

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