Ooh, my favorite!

Deep sea pictures
September 16, 2010, 7:10 am
Filed under: Nature, Photography

A sea anemone hitching a ride on a crab

National Geographic has some new images of deep sea creatures found on an expedition last month off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. NOAA has partnered with the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in a multi-year program that will document Indonesia’s sea life and find ways to preserve the natural wildlife and the integrity and health of the water.

Stalked sea lily

Stalked sea lilies used to line the ocean floors, but have become a rare sight according to one of the scientists on the expedition. The good news is that there were many varieties to be seen in Indonesia.

A 10-armed sea star

I didn’t realize this, but most starfish species have five arms. This guy was found at at depth of 880 feet. The textures and the symmetry are fascinating!

A picture of a deep-sea chimaera

Also known as the ghost shark this guy senses changes in the electrical fields of his prey in order to accurately locate his next meal.

Free-floating sea cucumber

This free-roaming sea cucumber was found at 10,515 feet in freezing water temperatures.

[All images via National Geographic]

2 Comments so far
Leave a comment

The crab looks like he is wearing a beautiful hat. What a great picture. The sea lily is my fave.

Comment by Meem

I was giggling at the crab with the anemone on him too.The sea lilly is also my fave; I wish we could see the other colors.

Comment by Natira

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: