The first dive of the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Expedition had a fantastic “amphitheater of chemosynthetic life.” Here we saw bathymodiolus mussels, methane hydrate or ice, and ice worms. There were also a number of sea urchins, sea stars, and fish in this area. Most impressive was the large accumulation of hydrate mussels on the underside of the ledge.

The first dive of the 2014 Gulf of Mexico Expedition had a fantastic “amphitheater of chemosynthetic life.” Here we saw bathymodiolus mussels, methane hydrate or ice, and ice worms. There were also a number of sea urchins, sea stars, and fish in this area. Most impressive was the large accumulation of hydrate mussels on the underside of the ledge. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition.

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