Tag: Rockfish

Smokey Caverns Revisited

Once again the Smokey Caverns (or Taverns as it is also known) has changed remarkably since we visited it with Jason last year. The area is significantly more rugged, marked by large hummocks. An eelpout, sole, clams and orange rock fish dot the landscape. Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI, V18.

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Neptuneas Garden

Hagfish (purple), red rockfish, crabs, and hermit crabs wander within the nusery for Neptunea snails laying eggs that form yellow stocks on carbonate cobbles. Southern Hydrate Ridge. Photo Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF; Dive R1766; V14.  

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Rockfish in Neptunea Nursery

A rockfish and hemit crabs hang out in a nursery of Neptunea snails at the summit of Southern Hydrate Ridge.The snail stalks rise from small carbonate cobbles. Photo credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF; Dive R1766; V14.  

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Exposed Hydrate at Einstein’s Grotto

Exposed gas hydrate (a clathrate of water ice that forms around methane) observed in Einstein's Grotto at the Southern Hydrate Ridge summit. Large bubbles were seen escaping intermittently from the crevice, indicating an active methane seep. A rockfish is sheltering within the grotto as well.

Photo Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF, Dive R1754, VISIONS14

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Rockfish V14

A rockfish (possibly a Pacific Ocean perch) rests near Eistein's Grotto at Southern Hydrate Ridge. Photo credit: NSF-OOI/UW/CSSF; Dive R1750; V14

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