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Dive 10: Dead Shrimp Walking?

During Dive 10 at Shostakovich Seamount, the team was stumped by this unusual parasite on a Nematacarsinus sp. shrimp. Observed at a depth of ~2,730 meters (8,960 feet), the location and appearance of a potential circulatory system led the team to the conclusion that this was a parasite and not an unusual growth or egg mass. While we don't know the specific identity of the parasite, the team is quite sure this will eventually be a fatal relationship.

 

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deep-Sea Symphony: Exploring the Musicians Seamounts.

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