Tag: Coastal Biology

Tunicates_ORShelf_Digital_Camera_2019

Tunicates (aka sea squirts) covering the lamp of the Oregon Shelf digital still camera. Tunicates are chordates that start life as a swimming, fish-like animal and then settle on a surface and become sessile (attached) organisms that filter food out of the water flowing by. Photo Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI, V19

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Anemones_Oregon_Shelf_Jbox_dummyplug2019

The Jason pilots carefully use a manipulator to cover the open socket of the Oregon Shelf junction box with a protective ‘dummy plug’ after disconnecting the digital still camera. Anemones cover most of the rest of the surface of the platform. Photo Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI, V19

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Oregon_Shelf_Jbox_shrimp_2019

A possessive shrimp colonized the junction box plug that we needed to disconnect to recover the Oregon Shelf digital still camera. The Jason ROV won the battle. Photo Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI, V19

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Anemones_surrounding_socket_ORShelf_jbox2019

Anemones flourish on the hard surfaces of the Oregon Shelf junction box, luckily leaving a gap wide enough for the orange handle of the power plug needed to disconnect the digital still camera. Photo Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI, V19

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Biofouled_Oregon_Shelf_camera_rearview

A rear view of the anemones, barnacles, and tunicates covering the Oregon Shelf digital camera after a one year deployment. A lingcod fish is hanging out beneath the tripod, and a large number of ctenophores (comb jellies) were also seen at the site. Photo Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI, V19

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Biofouled_Oregon_Shelf_Camera

The Oregon Shelf digital still camera, covered in barnacles, anemones, and tunicates (sea squirts), and sheltering a large lingcod, following a one-year deployment. Photo Credit: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI, V19

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