Hydrothermal sponge and brittlestar

Hydrothermal sponge and brittlestar

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Credit: B. MURTON/SOUTHAMPTON OCEANOGRAPHY CENTRE/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hydrothermal sponge and brittle star on an underwater volcanic vent. This sponge and brittlestar are growing on or near a volcanic vent on the seabed. The heat and minerals provide an energy source that supports an ecology of organisms adapted to these conditions, including these invertebrates. Photographed in the Caribbean in 2010, using the remotely controlled HyBIS (Hydraulic Benthic Interactive Sampler) submersible. This submersible was operated by researchers from the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, UK.

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