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.

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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