Author: Mike Vardaro

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Chondrocladia Sponge

Chondrocladia Sponge (Chondrocladia lampadiglobus) A bizarre and rarely-seen carnivorous deep-sea sponge, Chondrocladia lampadiglobus (colloquially known as the “ping pong tree sponge”) can

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Unknown Octopus

Unknown octopus This small octopus with a frilled mantle and extensive webbing between the arms has only been seen once during the

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Salmon Shark

Salmon Shark (Lamna ditropis) A smaller relative of the great white shark, these homeothermic predators are fairly common in the northern Pacific

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Robot rescues!

Although our visit to Axial Seamount on this leg was brief, we accomplished much in the roughly 36 hours we spent onsite.

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Leg 2 Begins!

After the successful conclusion of the very challenging first leg of VISIONS’23, we demobilized from Leg 1 and mobilized for Leg 2

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