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Vertebrates: Fish / Skates and Eels / Sharks

Invertebrates: Sponges / Jellyfish, sea anemones / Corals / Sea stars, brittle stars, and sea urchins / Molluscs / Crabs and shrimp

Seafloor: Geologic features / Habitat / Bacterial Mats / Hydrates / Marine Mammals and Birds

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A close encounter with an angel fish as it swims by a black smoker. Watch a pod of pilot whales as seen from the deck of the Ronald H. Brown. A variety of whales, including finback, humpback and sperm whales, accompany us daily. The Eye-In-The-Sea camera captures giant isopods and a hungry six-gill shark.

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A close encounter with an angel fish as it swims by a black smoker. (QuickTime, 620 Kb)

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Watch a pod of pilot whales as seen from the deck of the Ronald H. Brown. (QuickTime, 844 Kb)

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A variety of whales, including finback, humpback, and sperm whales, accompany us daily. (QuickTime, 1.6 Mb)

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The Eye-In-The-Sea camera captures giant isopods and a hungry six-gill shark. (Quicktime, 1.5 Mb.)

The exploration team discovers a fluorescent greeneye fish under the submersible's blue-filtered headlights. A strange encounter with a swordfish at 1,760 ft below the surface. A six-gill shark was spotted over 2,100 ft below the surface. A lantern shark swims above the sandy bottom at the "Sandy Tongue" dive site.

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The exploration team discovers a fluorescent greeneye fish under the submersible's blue-filtered headlights. (Quicktime, 1 Mb.)

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A strange encounter with a swordfish at 1,760 ft below the surface. (Quicktime, 444 Kb.)

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A six-gill shark was spotted over 2,100 ft below the surface. (QuickTime, 964 Kb)

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A lantern shark swims above the sandy bottom at the "Sandy Tongue" dive site. (Quicktime, 1 Mb.)

A frilled shark swims above the sea floor. Shaefer's anglerfish brought up by the Johnson-Sea-Link II. A lizard fish sits on the bottom and waits for its prey to approach. A small fish sits near the bottom as a crab hops by.

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A frilled shark swims above the sea floor. (QuickTime, 1.1 Mb)

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Shaefer's anglerfish brought up by the Johnson-Sea-Link II. (QuickTime, 1.8 Mb)

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A lizard fish sits on the bottom and waits for its prey to approach. (QuickTime, 536 Kb)

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A small fish sits near the bottom as a crab hops by. (QuickTime, 708 Kb)

A North Atlantic wreckfish (Polyprion americanus) in its natural habitat. The red bream (Beryx decadactylus) in its natural habitat. Wreckfish and red bream share space under a slab of manganese-phosphorite covered with soft corals and anemones. Video of a lionfish eluding capture.

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A North Atlantic wreckfish (Polyprion americanus) in its natural habitat. (QuickTime, 1.3 Mb)

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The red bream (Beryx decadactylus) in its natural habitat. (QuickTime, 1.4 Mb)

camera icon Wreckfish and red bream share space under a slab of manganese- phosphorite. (QuickTime, 516 Kb)

camera icon Video of a lionfish eluding capture. (QuickTime, 1.1 Mb)

Mad anglerfish A halosaur, a deep sea eel. Collecting a fish sample. A video of a brief encounter with a Galapagos sea lion

camera icon Anglerfish (QuickTime, 2.3 MB)

camera icon A halosaur, a deep sea eel.

camera icon Collecting a fish sample.

camera icon A video of a brief encounter with a Galapagos sea lion.

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groupers and sampling video hogfish video moray eel video slide show of organisms

camera icon snowy groupers, Epinephelus niveatus, supervise submersible collections. (QuickTime, 800 kb)

camera icon A beautiful hogfish swims by the Johnson-Sea-Link. (QuickTime, 540 kb)

camera icon A closeup encounter with a large moray eel. (QuickTime, 540 kb)

slideshow icon A slideshow of organisms the Johnson Sea-Link encountered during a dive. (QuickTime, 520 kb)

amberjack fish video lionfish video fish changing color video Skate

camera icon During a dive the submersible crew encounters groupings of Almaco jacks. (QuickTime, 504kb)

camera icon Video sighting of a Lionfish, an invasive species. (QuickTime, 1.1 Mb)

camera icon Video of a scamp grouper rapidly changing color. (QuickTime, 688 kb)

slideshow icon Fish slideshow.

Polar bears whaleshark

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camera icon Whale shark (QuickTime, 785k).

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Images

Fish (Phylum Chordata)

Flatfish (sole) were found in great numbers at Kasuga-1 and Daikoku volcanoes. Soft corals (~10-15 cm tall) and tropical fish share the paradise we named “Aquarium”. Tropical fish swim above boulders covered with bacterial mat, which indicates the presence of hydrothermal venting. A unique photograph of a shallow-water tropical fish swimming among active black smoker chimneys.

April 15
Flatfish (sole) were found in great numbers at Kasuga-1 and Daikoku volcanoes. (HR)

April 8
Soft corals (~10-15 cm tall) and tropical fish share the paradise we named “Aquarium." (HR)

April 8
Tropical fish swim above boulders covered with bacterial mats, which indicate the presence of hydrothermal venting. (HR)

April 5
A unique photograph of a shallow-water tropical fish swimming among active black smoker chimneys.

Antimora over sandy portion of seamount. Roundnose in a head-down swimming posture. Mola mola soaking up the sun. Chimaera on Bear Seamount.

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Antimora over sandy portion of seamount. (HR)

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Roundnose in a head-down swimming posture.

May 21
A mola mola soaks up the sun. (HR)

May 14
Chimaera on Bear Seamount.

Chimaera on Bear Seamount. Note the green fluorescence of the eyes of this shortnose greeneye fish. The submersible team collected the specimen for optical studies in the ship’s onboard laboratory. Under white light the green lenses of this 6-inch greeneye fish are still quite apparent. Foraminiferan limestone and numerous red bream

May 12
Chimaera on Bear Seamount.

August 16
Note the green fluorescence of the eyes of this shortnose greeneye fish. The submersible team collected the specimen for optical studies in the ship’s onboard laboratory. (HR)

August 16
Under white light the green lenses of this 6-inch greeneye fish are still quite apparent. (HR)

August 30
Foraminiferan limestone and numerous red bream (HR)

wreckfish red bream longfish hake Blackfin

August 29
Wreckfish (HR)

August 29
Red Bream (HR)

August 29
Longfish Hake (HR)

August 29
Blackfin (HR)

Stout beardfish group of red bream, Beryx decadactylus Shaefer’s anglerfish, Sladenia shaefersi Shaefer’s anglerfish, Sladenia shaefersi

August 29
Stout Beardfish

August 28
Group of Red Bream, Beryx decadactylus (HR)

August 27
Shaefer’s anglerfish, Sladenia shaefersi (HR)

August 27
Shaefer’s anglerfish, Sladenia shaefersi (HR)

Snowy grouper school of yellowfin bass Long-spine porcupinefish Two lasers beams from the submersible reflect off of a wreckfish

August 26
Snowy grouper (HR)

August 26
A school of yellowfin bass (HR)

August 25
Long-spine porcupinefish (HR)

August 22
Two lasers beams from the submersible reflect off of a wreckfish (HR)

Laemonema are a type of morid cod

August 22
Laemonema are a type of morid cod (HR)

Slickhead at Bear Seamount A swimming grenadier (or rattail) A chimaera at Bear Seamount Nezumia foraging along the edge of a basalt outcrop.

Slickhead at Bear Seamount

A swimming grenadier (or rattail)

A chimaera at Bear Seamount

Nezumia foraging along the edge of a basalt outcrop.

A deep sea Roundnose Grenadier swimming over the seafloor. The deep water fish, Lamonema, displaying a search behavior. This eel type fish, Synaphobranchus surveying a flat landscape for prey. A deep-sea anglerfish collected during the 2002 Bear Seamount cruise.

A deep sea Roundnose Grenadier.

The deep water fish, Lamonema.

An eel type fish, Synapho-branchus.

A deep-sea anglerfish from Bear Seamount.

A grenadier or "rattail" hovers near the bottom. A gaper rests on its pectoral and pelvic fins at a depth of 1860 ft. Scientists diving in the JSL stumbled upon a red lionfish, Pterolis volitans. Scientists captured this unsuspecting goby, just 1.5 cm

A grenadier or "rattail" hovers near the bottom.

A gaper rests on its pectoral and pelvic fins at a depth of 1,860 ft.

Scientists diving in the JSL II stumbled upon a red lionfish (Pterolis volitans).

Scientists captured this unsuspecting goby, just 1.5 cm long. (HR)

The greeneye fish is just one of many creatures seen during the first dive day. lionfish Band wing flyingfish Small wing flyingfish

The greeneye fish is one of many creatures observed during the first dive day.

Lionfish specimen.

Band wing flyingfish

Small wing flyingfish.

Gonostoma elongatum, a mid-water fish. Collecting muscle tissue samples from organisms, like this Greeneye. Three-eyed flounder. Greeneyes are known for their iridescent blue-green eyes.

Gonostoma elongatum, a mid-water fish.

Collecting muscle tissue samples from organisms, like this Greeneye.

Three-eyed flounder.

Greeneyes are known for their iridescent blue-green eyes.

A red fish Pollock Pollock Cod

Acadian redfish near one of the mystery wrecks.

Several Pollock can be seen in the wrecksite.

Pollock swim around a windlass.

A cod pass over steam pipes

A scorpionfish with a mound of anemones and sponges in the background The Spanish flag (Gonioplectrus hispanus) The yellowtail reeffish (Chromis enchrysura) The threadnose bass (Anthias tenuis)

A scorpionfish with a mound of anemones and sponges. (HR)

The Spanish flag (Gonioplectrus hispanus).

The yellowtail reeffish (Chromis enchrysura).

The threadnose bass (Anthias tenuis).

A banner blenny (Emblemaria atlanticus) The yellowtail reeffish (Chromis enchrysura) A juvenile scamp (Mycteroperca phenax) Scorpion fish collected of Diaphus Bank

A banner blenny (Emblemaria atlanticus).

The yellowtail reeffish (Chromis enchrysura).

A juvenile scamp (Mycteroperca phenax).

Scorpion fish collected of Diaphus Bank. (HR)

Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) swims through coral reef habitat Juvenile threespot damselfish in a pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus) redeye gaper fish and brittle star Ratfish

Great Barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda). (HR)

Juvenile threespot damselfish in a pillar coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus).

A redeye gaper fish and brittle star say. (HR)

A ratfish cruises the bottom depths at 236 feet.

Unidentified frogfish Scorpaenid fish. tiny spiny puffer fish Acoral hake swimming among the Lophelia coral.

Unidentified frogfish.

Scorpaenid fish.

A tiny spiny puffer fish caught in one of the neuston net tows. (HR)

Acoral hake swimming among the Lophelia coral.

A deep-sea fish A Houndfish A juvenile needlefish  juvenile scrawled filefish

A deep-sea fish called a green eye

This Houndfish was also caught during “night-lighting.”

A juvenile needlefish caught during “night-lighting.”

A juvenile scrawled filefish found within the mass of sargassum.

juvenile trigger fish A sea robin fish A lionfish, is sighted several times during dive operations. Coney grouper exhibiting different color variations.

This juvenile trigger fishwas captured near the surface in a neuston net.

This bottom dwelling fish usually moves across the ocean floor crawling on a pair of modified pectoral fins.

A lionfish, is sighted several times during dive operations.

Coney grouper exhibiting different color variations.

Different markings in species of butterfly fish. Major characteristics used to identify fish. An adult blackbelly rosefish The snapper species Lutjanidae.

Different markings in species of butterfly fish.

Major characteristics used to identify fish.

An adult blackbelly rosefish

Larvae of the snapper species Lutjanidae.

Schools of vermilion snapper. A pink fish. Arctic cod, Boreogadus saida

Schools of vermilion snapper.

A pink fish.

Arctic cod, Boreogadus saida.

The "alphonsin" Beryx decadactylus.

A member of the Bathygadid fish family. A tinselfish kiss. A tinselfish encounter. Wreckfish

A member of the Bathygadid fish family.

A tinselfish kiss.

A tinselfish encounter.

Wreckfish

A deep-sea fish and mussel bed Sailfish larva Pink frogmouth fish Batfish

A deep-sea fish and mussel bed

Sailfish larva

Deep sea anglerfish (Chaunax pictus)

Batfish

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Ventral side of batfish The Charleston Bump provides a valuable nursery habitat, and possibly spawning grounds, for swordfish. Myctophid larva Snake mackeral larva

Batfish (underside)

The Charleston Bump provides a valuable nursery habitat, and possibly spawning grounds, for swordfish.

Lanternfish (myctophid) larva

Snake mackeral larva

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Lanternfish Rattail fish Puffer larva Anglerfish among coral

Lanternfish

Rattail fish

Puffer larva

Anglerfish among coral

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Anglerfish close-up Anglerfish close-up Anglerfish Wolf eelpout

Anglerfish close-up

Anglerfish close-up

Anglerfish

Wolf eelpout

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eelpout barracuda Roughtongue bass Hatchetfish

Eelpout

Barracuda

Roughtongue bass

Hatchetfish

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Witch flounder Lanternfish Sponges and a greater amberjack Sablefish

Witch flounder

Lantern fish (myctophiids)

Sponges and a greater amberjack

Sablefish

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Scamps and cubbyu Amberjack and snapper A juvenile speckled hind, reef butterfly fishes, and a blue angelfish Blue angelfish and a red snapper

Scamps and cubbyu

Amberjack and snapper

Various fish

Blue angelfish and a red snapper

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Greater ambejacks Wreckfish Eel pout Gag grouper at Jeff's Reef

Greater amberjacks

Wreckfish

Eel pout

Gag grouper

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Scamp groupers Greater amberjack Snowy grouper

Scamp groupers

Greater amberjack

Amberjack school

Snowy grouper

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Spanish flag fish Steamer bass Hake, a type of fish Gag grouper over oculina coral

Spanish flag

Streamer bass

Hake

Gag grouper over oculina coral

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Scamp grouper Roughtongue bass Roughtongue bass Gag

Scamp grouper

Roughtongue bass

Roughtongue bass

Gag grouper

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Snowy grouper flag rockfish ratfish Prickleback

Snowy grouper

Flag rockfish

Ratfish

Prickleback

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Bocaccio school of pygmy rockfish School of sablefish tiger rockfish and sponge

Bocaccio rockfish

School of pygmy rockfish

School of sablefish

Tiger rockfish and sponge

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hagfish Two poachers and a rockfish school of yellowtail fish longspine thornyhead rockfish

Hagfish

Two poachers and a rockfish

School of yellowtail rockfish

Longspine thornyhead rockfish

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myctophiids (lantern fish) shortspine thonyhead rockfish Thornyhead rockfish under brittle star-covered rock rockfish

Lantern fish (myctophiids)

Shortspine thornyhead rockfish

Thornyhead rockfish and brittle stars

Rockfish

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Skates & Eels (Phylum Chordata)

cutthroat eel Pluto skate

August 29
Cutthroat Eel (HR)

August 29
Pluto Skate (HR)

Large skate egg case  A skate cruises along the seafloor A cusk eel finding shelter under coral. A Deep sea ray and sea whip coral as observed from Alvin.

Large skate egg case.

A skate cruises along the seafloor. (HR)

A cusk eel finding shelter under coral.

A deep sea ray and sea whip coral as observed from Alvin.

A deep-dwelling skate slowly swims by Alvin. An Unidentified skate

A deep-dwelling skate slowly swims by Alvin.

Manta seen from Johnson Sea Link

Manta swimming over wreck

An Unidentified skate or ray

Lebensspuren and an eel pout. A blackskate, a grenadier, sponges and anemones Sharptail eel Conger eel

Lebensspuren and an eel pout.

A blackskate, a grenadier, sponges and anemones

Sharptail eel

Conger eel

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Sharks (Phylum Chordata)

Scientist were surprised by a rare sighting of a shark at the Kasuga-2 Hydrothermal system. This Sixgill shark was captured on video this morning when the team dove to recover the Eye-In-The-Sea camera system frilled shark, Chlamydoselachus anguineus

Scientists were surprised by a rare sighting of a shark at the Kasuga-2 hydrothermal system.

August 9
This Sixgill shark was captured on video this morning when the team dove to recover the Eye-In-The-Sea camera system

August 27
A Frilled shark, in his natural habitat (HR)

Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum) cruising the boundary between spur and groove reef habitat A large shark swimming around large clusters of Lophelia bushes A shark A small shark

Nurse shark (Ginglymostoma cirratum). (HR)

A large shark swimming around large clusters of Lophelia bushes.

A shark around the camera on the ROV.

A small shark swims nearby as scientists examine a sponge

Spongehead catshark. A smalltooth sand tiger shark. Cuban dogfish Chain dogfish

Summary I Spongehead catshark.

A smalltooth sand tiger shark.

Cuban dogfish

Chain dogfish


Marine Mammals and Birds

A small wood warbler, presumably blown off course while migrating from its winter home in Central or South America. A curious black-footed Albatross circles the Atlantis. A black legged albatross flyies close to the ster of the Atlantis at sunset. spotted dolphin provide a spectacular show as they ride the wake of the bow

A small wood warbler, presumably blown off course while migrating from its winter home in Central or South America.

August 9
A curious black-footed albatross circles the R/V Atlantis.

August 9
A black-footed albatross flies close to the stern of the Atlantis at sunset.

spotted dolphin provide a spectacular show as they ride the wake of the bow.

living resource A feeding frenzy above and below the sea surface blackfooted albatross soar over the swells Blackfooted albatross travel to OCNMS

a glimpse of OCNMS's astonishing living resources.

A feeding frenzy above and below the sea surface.

Blackfooted albatross soar over the swells.

Blackfooted albatross travel to OCNMS. (HR)

Breaching humpback.  A humpback rolls on its side. A launch speeds toward surfacing humpbacks a whale's tail

Breaching humpback.

A humpback rolls on its side.

A launch speeds toward surfacing humpbacks

A whale's tail shows distinctive fluke patterns. (HR)

albatross Whale A Dall's porpoise. Mother polar bear and cubs

An albatross lingers around the boat during ROV operations.

Whale sighted off of San Miguel.

A Dall's porpoise. (HR)

Mother polar bear and cubs.