2016 Hohonu Moana: Exploring Deep Waters off Hawaiʻi



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A predatory seastar slowly works its way up a bamboo coral on an unnamed seamount in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

A predatory sea star slowly works its way up a bamboo coral on an unnamed seamount in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Hohonu Moana 2016. Download larger version (916 kb).

A close up of an anemone on an unnamed seamount in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

A close up of an anemone on an unnamed seamount in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

This halosaur was seen in a submarine canyon north of French Frigate Shoals in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

This halosaur was seen in a submarine canyon north of French Frigate Shoals in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

 

 

This Coronate Jelly was seen North of Pioneer Bank in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

This coronate jelly was seen north of Pioneer Bank in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

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A squat lobster North of Pioneer Bank in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

A squat lobster north of Pioneer Bank in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

 

 

 

During the first operational dive of Okeanos Explorer’s 2016 season, on February 27, while exploring at depths of over 4,000 meters northeast of Necker Island in the Hawaiian Archipelago, Deep Discoverer encountered this ghostlike octopod. The octopod is almost certainly an undescribed species and may not belong to any described genus.

While exploring at depths of over 4,000 meters northeast of Necker Island in the Hawaiian Archipelago, Deep Discoverer encountered this ghostlike octopod, which is almost certainly an undescribed species and may not belong to any described genus. Click image for credit and larger view.

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Holothurians, or sea cucumbers, like this one find their food on the seafloor, but are often seen swimming in the water column between feeding sessions.

Holothurians, or sea cucumbers, like this one find their food on the seafloor, but are often seen swimming in the water column between feeding sessions. Click image for credit and larger view.

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This glass sponge was imaged on an unnamed seamount just outside the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

This glass sponge was imaged on an unnamed seamount just outside the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

This brisingid sea star was imaged by Deep Discoverer while exploring an unnamed seamount  just outside the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.

This brisingid sea star was imaged by Deep Discoverer while exploring an unnamed seamount just outside the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

 

 

A crinoid, sometimes also called a feather star, is perched on top of a dead coral stalk on an unnamed seamount in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

A crinoid, sometimes also called a feather star, is perched on top of a dead coral stalk on an unnamed seamount in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

This member of the family Ophidiidae was seen cruising near the bottom north of Pioneer Bank in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

This member of the family Ophidiidae was seen cruising near the bottom north of Pioneer Bank in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

 

 

Great shot of the tube feet of a sea star as it moves along the seafloor.

Great shot of the tube feet of a sea star as it moves along the seafloor. Click image for credit and larger view.

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This beautiful siphonophore was seen close to the ocean bottom on an unnamed seamount just outside Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

This beautiful siphonophore was seen close to the ocean bottom on an unnamed seamount just outside Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

 

 

A close up shot of the polyps of a bamboo coral  on an unnamed seamount  just outside the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

A close-up shot of the polyps of a bamboo coral on an unnamed seamount just outside Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

This Ceriantharia anemone was imaged by Deep Discoverer  in a submarine canyon north of French Frigate Shoals in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

This Ceriantharia anemone was imaged by Deep Discoverer in a submarine canyon north of French Frigate Shoals in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

 

 

A deepwater shrimp swims away from Deep Discoverer on an unnamed seamount just outside the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

A deepwater shrimp swims away from Deep Discoverer on an unnamed seamount just outside the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

Several solitary hydrozoans live under a small overhang along with numerous sponges, north of Pioneer Bank in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

Several solitary hydrozoans live under a small overhang along with numerous sponges, north of Pioneer Bank in the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Click image for credit and larger view.

 

 

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