Category: deep sea

Histioteuthis bonnellii. (Jewel squid)

Histioteuthis bonnellii. (Jewel squid)

Credit: David Shale/MAR-ECO, Census of Marine Life

Tomopteris carpenter. (Striped deep sea worm)

Tomopteris carpenter. (Striped deep sea worm)

Credit: © Hauke Flores, AWI

typhlonectes: Bone-eating worms (Osedax sp.)…

typhlonectes:

Bone-eating worms (Osedax sp.)

Dead whales that sink to the seafloor provide a feast for deep-sea
animals that can last for years.

It sounds like a classic horror
story—eyeless, mouthless worms lurk in the dark, settling onto dead
animals and sending out green “roots” to devour their bones.

But in the
deep sea, truth is stranger than fiction and these bone worms, named
Osedax (latin for bone-eating) are often found carpeting bones that have
sunk tot he seafloor.

After planting several dead whales on the
seafloor, MBARI biologists found that more than 15 different species of
boneworms live in Monterey Bay alone.

via:
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Phronima

Phronima

Credit: © David Shale

Neolithodes sp. (Spiny Deepsea King Crab)

Neolithodes sp. (Spiny Deepsea King Crab)

Credit: © David Shale

Leachia sp. (Cuckatoo squid)

Leachia sp. (Cuckatoo squid)

Credit: Marsh Youngbluth/MAR-ECO, Census of Marine Life

Bathocyroe fosteri. (Bioluminescent Comb Jelly…

Bathocyroe fosteri. (Bioluminescent Comb Jelly)

Credit: Marsh Youngbluth/MAR-ECO, Census of Marine Life

Kiwa hirsute. (Yeti crab)

Kiwa hirsute. (Yeti crab)

Credit: A. Fifis, Ifremer/ChEss, Census of Marine Life

Dinochelus ausubeli. (Blind lobster)

Dinochelus ausubeli. (Blind lobster)

Credit: Tin-Yam Chan/COMARGE Census of Marine Life

noaasanctuaries: A kraken of the depths? Not q…

noaasanctuaries:

A kraken of the depths? Not quite – but this octopus was spotted in the deep sea. 

Many different octopus species live in deep waters! Researchers from NOAA and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute glimpsed this octopus, Graneledone boreopacifica, hanging out at a depth of 6473 feet in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary among some deep-sea corals. 

(Photo: NOAA/MBARI) 

[Image description: A pink octopus moves away from the camera. A light orange deep-sea coral is in the foreground to the left.]