Stalked crinoid on the caldera seafloor  at West Rota volcano.

A stalked crinoid (~5 inches across, ~13 cm) rests on the caldera sea floor at West Rota volcano. Crinoids are suspension feeders, using their crown, which is covered with sticky pinnules, to capture zooplankton. Image courtesy of Submarine Ring of Fire 2004 Exploration, NOAA Vents Program.


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Submarine Ring of Fire 2004

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