Observations of predation in the deep sea are often rare and always exciting for our team. However, on nearly every dive in the Musicians Seamounts, we observed at least one sea star predating upon coral. Here, a Hippasteria sea star has engulfed a branch of Primnoid coral while it digests the coral’s flesh.

Observations of predation in the deep sea are often rare and always exciting for our team. However, on nearly every dive in the Musicians Seamounts, we observed at least one sea star predating upon coral. Here, a Hippasteria sea star has engulfed a branch of Primnoid coral while it digests the coral’s flesh. Image courtesy NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deep-Sea Symphony: Exploring the Musicians Seamounts.

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