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Basket Star City

An aggregation of basket stars like this is a rare sighting. These gorgonocephalid basket stars are close relatives of brittle stars and feed by perching in an elevated position and extending their arms in a net-like fashion perpendicular to the current to catch small crustaceans, jellyfish, and other small animals that come within reach.

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.

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2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer