Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs: Leg 1: Transit and Mapping Organisms living in the deep ocean must survive in a physical environment that is radically different from ocean habitats near the sea surface. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program. A squat lobster positions itself at the top of a black coral colony. From coral ecosystems to marine archaeology and seafloor mapping, find ocean explorations that pique your interest by selecting from the topics below. NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research: Annual Report 2014
Benthic cnidarians are common in the deep-sea canyons and seamounts we are exploring. Here, octocorals, cup corals, and anemones share a rock at 1,459 meters depth in Hendrickson Canyon. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts.

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