The video footage captured by the Medea camera sled reveals dense communities of giant tubeworms thriving in a chemosynthetic environment fueled by billowing black smokers. The tubeworm clusters are most abundant surrounding the base of the largest active chimney. Before this cruise, no active high temperature vents had been found along the Galapagos Spreading Center and only two biological sites were known (at 86°W and 89.5°W). This new vent site is the first vent field on the Galapagos Spreading Center with large focused black smokers as well as dense faunal (animal) communities.

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