OER’s Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide is a collection of in situ images created from video frame grabs taken from Deep Discoverer (D2) remotely operated vehicle (ROV) video. This pilot version of the guide serves as a taxonomic reference of deepwater animals encountered during D2 ROV dives around the Hawaiian Archipelago and Johnston Atoll during the Hohonu Moana expedition in 2015. This guide is a pilot project intended to share some of the results of previous exploration work. We welcome your input and recommendations as we evaluate whether, and the best approach, to continue development of the guide as new images become available.
Identifications will be updated on a periodic basis as errors are detected and reported by taxonomists and others using the guide or when taxonomic revisions are made to the various groups included here. Taxonomic revisions are particularly common for deepwater animals, which are poorly known, therefore we expect routine updates to occur.
The guide is organized according to major taxa and identifications were made with assistance from taxonomic experts who specialize in deep water animals. Experts provided their assistance through various venues that included audio commentary and event log entries while the ROV dives were taking place, post dive email correspondence, and examination of these images just prior to them being mounted on this website.
Please cite this animal guide in the following manner:
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Benthic Deepwater Animal Identification Guide. Available from http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/animal_guide/animal_guide.html.
Each image includes a colored square to indicate the depth at which the image was taken (see key below); the animal's species/genus name; and a series of letters and numbers which correspond to "ROV - Expedition Number - Leg Number - Dive Number - Hour - Minutes - Seconds" (for example, "D2-EX1504-L4-01-01:25:15"). Additional taxonomic information about the animal is located below the image.