Scaleworms on Mushroom vent

Scaleworms on Mushroom vent

Two scaleworms roam among the Palm Worms and Limpets at Mushroom, one of the hydrothermal vents at ASHES vent field on Axial Seamount.  One worm shows its usual pinkish red color (at left), while the other is coated with a fur-like layer of filamentous bacteria. This image was taken with the RSN HD Video Camera during its test on the seafloor during VISIONS 13.

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