Sea cucumbers, Chiridota heheva, with chemosynthetic Bathymodiolus mussels, seen during Dive 08 of the expedition at a seep site identified via multibeam surveys conducted by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorerthe night before the dive.

Sea cucumbers, Chiridota heheva, with chemosynthetic Bathymodiolus mussels, seen during Dive 08 of the expedition at a seep site identified via multibeam surveys conducted by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer the night before the dive. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017.

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