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Dive 08: Chiridota Sea Cucumber

During Dive 08 of the expedition, we encountered many of these bizarre-looking sea cucumbers from the genus Chiridota. While these sea cucumbers are often found at hydrothermal vents and cold seeps, very little is known about them and whether or not they are indeed chemosynthetic.

 

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017.

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