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Dive 19: Deep-sea Battle: Featherweight Division
Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Discovering the Deep: Exploring Remote Pacific MPAs. Download (mp4, 47.0 MB)

During the final dive of the expedition, scientists witnessed a fierce battle between a caridean shrimp, Heterocarpus, and a type of midwater dragonfish, possible a stareater. During this impressive display of predatory behavior, the shrimp was observed impaling and consuming the dragonfish while the fish was still alive! The shrimp removed several pieces of fish tissue and stomach contents.

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