Deep and Stony


A yellow stony coral courtesy “Mountains in the Sea” scientific party, NOAA, and the Institute for Exploration via Oceanus

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.

3 Replies to “Deep and Stony”

  1. Man that one looks so familiar! I love that brilliant (often blowing out the video) yellow.

    Enallopsammia got a featured cameo as one of the highlight animals (colony) from the 2005 Deep Atlantic Stepping Stones mission being used Monday to discuss deep sea fishing effects and promoted deep sea conservation issues.

  2. Like this Enallopsammia for the color, too, but also because its a stony coral growing in the sea fan shape of a gorgonian. Do we know the depth and location of the image?

  3. I’ll check on Wednesday if NURC has the shot logs available. I believe it is on the Manning Sea Mount though so it would be @ 60

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