Okeanos Explorer EX1402L3: Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition
April 28, 2014: Sea Urchin

A rare instance of deep-sea predation captured on camera—a sea urchin munches on a Plumarella octocoral. This may be the first time sea urchin predation on coral in the Gulf of Mexico was captured so close-up using high-definition cameras thanks to the incredible image capabilities of the Deep Discoverer remotely operated vehicle.

Video courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program.

 

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Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition: April 28 Daily Update

Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer