Photo and Video Log

This page contains photos and videos taken during the Seamounts of Anegada Passage 2014 exploration. Click on any image to view a larger version and for additional information.

(HR) = "High Resolution" images available.

Videos

Cirrate, or finned, octopods (which are also known as “dumbo” octopods because the fins on the sides of their bodies make them look like the flying elephant in the Disney cartoon) can be divided based on their behavior.

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Cirrate, or finned, octopods can be divided based on their behavior. (Video)

What lives amongst the lush coral communities of the Anegada Seamounts? Decapods, brittle stars, fish, and much more.

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What lives amongst the coral communities of the Anegada Seamounts? Decapods, brittle stars, fish, and more. (Video)

This coral-covered rocky outcrop is home to a diverse group of biology, including one large moray eel.

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This coral-covered rocky outcrop is home to a diverse group of biology, including one large moray eel. (Video)

 

 

 

 

 

Images

A squat lobster positions itself at the top of a black coral colony.

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A squat lobster positions itself at the top of a black coral colony. (HR)

Based on the size of this colony, our team estimates that this is a particularly old colony of Leiopathes (black coral species).

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Based on the size of this colony, our team estimates that this is a particularly old colony of Leiopathes. (HR)

A sharektooth morey eel (Gymnothorax maderensis) skirts along an outcrop with several crinoids and many species of stony and octo-corals on Dog seamount.

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A sharktooth moray eel skirts along an outcrop with several crinoids and many species of stony and octocorals. (HR)

ROV Hercules investigates an outcrop with coral growing under the ledge.

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ROV Hercules investigates an outcrop with coral growing under the ledge. (HR)

The seamounts were home to diverse communities of animals, including this spikey crab, which may be a recently described species of Neolithodes.

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The seamounts were home to diverse communities of animals, including this spikey crab. (HR)

Large boulder which detached from flank of Dog Seamount and came to rest at its base.

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Large boulder which detached from flank of Dog Seamount and came to rest at its base. (HR)

The seagrass Halophila decipens is ecologically important despite its small size.

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Areas to be explored during the Seamounts of Anegada Passage 2014. (HR)

Stalked crinoids or sea lilies are a group of echinoderms that capture food particles from flowing currents.

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Stalked crinoids or sea lilies are a group of echinoderms that capture food particles from currents. (HR)

A diverse assemblage of scleractinians (stony corals), octocorals, and sponges

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A diverse assemblage of scleractinians (stony corals), octocorals, and sponges. (HR)

Hexactinellid sponges (glass sponges) and octocorals often colonize seamount hard substrate.

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Hexactinellid sponges (glass sponges) and octocorals often colonize seamount hard substrate. (HR)

Stichopathes sp. (black corals) are common inhabitants of deep sea environments.

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Stichopathes sp. (black corals) are common inhabitants of deep sea environments. (HR)

Chlorophthalmus agassizi (greeneye fish) is commonly observed resting on soft sediment habitat.

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Chlorophthalmus agassizi (greeneye fish) is commonly observed resting on soft sediment habitat. (HR)

Close-up images of gastropods (Phylum Mollusca) such as this are rarely captured in deep sea habitats.

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Close-up images of gastropods (Phylum Mollusca) such as this are rarely captured in deep sea habitats. (HR)

The Argus stabilizing platform and Hercules ROV on deck being prepared for a dive

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The Argus stabilizing platform and Hercules ROV on deck being prepared for a dive. (HR)

Two actiniarians (sea anemones), with a squat lobster peaking out of a small cave at the sediment surface.

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Two actiniarians (sea anemones), with a squat lobster peaking out of a small cave at the sediment surface. (HR)

3D perspective view of Noroit Seamount looking east towards Conrad Seamount.

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3D perspective view of Noroit Seamount looking east towards Conrad Seamount. (HR)

A large colony of a primnoid octocoral (Paracalyptrophora sp.) on Noroit Seamount.

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A large colony of a primnoid octocoral (Paracalyptrophora sp.) on Noroit Seamount. (HR)

Hardbottom habitat as on Noroit Seamount provides substrate for the attachment of other species.

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Hardbottom habitat as on Noroit Seamount provides substrate for the attachment of other species. (HR)

Sponges are important resources for other fauna.

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Sponges are important resources for other fauna. (HR)


A close up of Paracalyptrophora sp. with polyps extending into the water column

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A close up of Paracalyptrophora sp. with polyps extending into the water column. (HR)

 

 

 

 

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