Some of the dead marine life observed on the seafloor at NW Rota-1.

A collage of some of the dead animals we saw on the sea floor at NW Rota-1, killed by the volcanic plume which contained high amounts of sulfur. The top petri dish holds a squid and a pelagic (open water) shrimp – these are not vent species. The bottom images are the dead animals (shrimp, fish, and squid) on the sea floor. Image courtesy of Submarine Ring of Fire 2006 Exploration, NOAA Vents Program

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