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NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer provides Live Feed for 2016 expedition

Watch the expedition live stream here! Previously recorded video is available in-between dives.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and partners have begun a three-cruise deep sea expedition that will last … Continue Reading NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer provides Live Feed for 2016 expedition

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Invertebrate of the Week #17 – Stygiomedusa gigantea

A total of 114 times in 110 years. That’s how many times researchers have observed the elusive Stygiomedusa gigantea, a giant deep sea jelly with a bell 1.4 meters wide and broad … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #17 – Stygiomedusa gigantea

Invertebrate of the Week #15 – Gorgonocephalus Basket Stars

The stars of the show this week are the wonderfully weird Gorgonocephalus basket stars.  Members of the Class Ophiurodea, these bizarre deep sea echinoderms are members of the same evolutionary group that brought us all … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #15 – Gorgonocephalus Basket Stars

Invertebrate of the Week #11 – ‘Venus’s Flower Basket’ (Euplectella aspergillum)

Up to this point, arthropods have dominated the Invertebrate of the Week series so I am going to give them a rest and head over to a different invertebrate lineage: the sponges … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #11 – ‘Venus’s Flower Basket’ (Euplectella aspergillum)

Invertebrate of the Week #9 – Bigfin Squid (Magnapinnidae)

On November 7, 2007 a Shell Oil Company ROV team was working to retrieve drilling equipment on the seabed near the Perdido project in the Gulf of Mexico.  The project … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #9 – Bigfin Squid (Magnapinnidae)

Invertebrate of the Week #3 – Marrus orthocanna

We’re sticking with the ocean theme this week and highlighting the spectacular physonect siphonophore Marrus orthocanna.Siphonophores are a member of the same taxonomic Class as jellies (Hydrozoa) and are an intriguing … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #3 – Marrus orthocanna

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