Mussels beds, such as this group of bathymodiolin mussels, are good examples of deep-sea fauna which are present at reducing ecosystems. This particular image was taken off of Costa Rica at 1000m (3000ft), although species within this family are found around the world at both seeps and vents.

Mussels beds, such as this bed of bathymodiolin mussels, are good examples of deep-sea fauna found as at reducing ecosystems. This image was taken at 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) in the waters off Costa Rica, although species within this family are found at seeps and vents around the world. Photo courtesy of CRROCKS/NSF.

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