A lush community of vibrant red tube worms grows on a < 1 m tall black smoker chimney in the ASHES hydrothermal field. The tube worms, which are hosted in white housings about the diameter of your small finger, are intergrown with brown palm worms.Credit: NSF-OOI/UW/ISS; Dive R1835; V15.
A close up of animals, including palm worms and tubeworms, on the hydrothermal chimney called Mushroom in the ASHES hydrothermal field. The image is a frame grab from video streamed during testing of the OOI-RSN high-definition video camera built by the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington. The camera has been at this site for 1 year. Photo credit: NSF-OOI/UW; Dive R1730; V14.