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Press Release 12-042

Hot Meets Cold at New Deep-Sea Ecosystem: "Hydrothermal Seep"

Habitats overlap at Jaco Scar in depths off Costa Rica

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Image of an aggregate of more than 14,000 tubeworms.

Hydrothermal seep-dwellers: large tubeworm "bush" with more than 14,000 tubeworms.

Credit: Lisa Levin/NSF


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Watch a view from the submersible ALVIN's porthole of a "hydrothermal seep" habitat.

Credit: Lisa Levin/NSF/ALVIN/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

 

Image of Lamellibrachia barhami, a tubeworm that lives at hydrothermal vents and methane seeps.

Lamellibrachia barhami, a tubeworm that lives at hydrothermal vents and methane seeps.

Credit: Greg Rouse/SIO


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Image of Zoarcid fish peeking out from an aggregate of tens of thousands of tubeworms.

Zoarcid fish peeking out from a "bush" of tens of thousands of tubeworms.

Credit: Lisa Levin/NSF


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Image of a crab that uses an anemone as a shell.

Anemone-hermit crab symbiosis in the deep, with the crab using the anemone as a shell.

Credit: Greg Rouse/SIO


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Image of a dense bed of clams covered with snails and galatheid crabs.

Dense bed of clams crawling with deep-sea life--covered with snails and galatheid crabs.

Credit: Lisa Levin/NSF


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Image of limpet-of-the-deep living on mussels near warm hydrothermal vent waters.

Limpet-of-the-deep living on mussels near warm hydrothermal vent waters.

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