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Hitchhiker's Guide to The Deep

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Photo of the submersible Alvin collecting samples from The Deep.

The submersible Alvin brought back some unexpected hitchhikers from The Deep.

Credit: Janet Voight


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Photo of limpets brought up topside.

A cluster of invaders--limpets in the deep sea--that suddenly arrived topside.

Credit: Janet Voight


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Photo of Lepetodrilus gordensis, the limpet species found on the submersible.

A group of Lepetodrilus gordensis, the limpet species found on the submersible.

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Photo of limpets covering the deep-sea floor near a hydrothermal vent.

Limpets upon limpets cover the deep-sea floor near a hydrothermal vent.

Credit: Janet Voight


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Photo showing close-up of limpets.

Close-up view of the species of limpet that made a long trek from sea floor to sea surface.

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Photo of Alvin's manipulator arm and sampling device.

Alvin with manipulator arm and sampling device; the limpets may have attached here.

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