Deepwater Wonderland
Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas. Download (mp4, 62.6 MB)

During the dive along a rift zone ridge extending west from Vogt Guyot, one of the presumed oldest seamounts on the Pacific Plate, scientists encountered some of the highest diversity of organisms of any dive on this leg of the expedition, from corals, crinoids, sea cucumbers, anemones, and sponges to fish, squat lobsters, and brittle stars.

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