Life on a Mount

Oases of abundance, seamounts attract, harbor, and sustain diverse communities of animals. These images represent a minuscule sampling of the sponges, corals, crustaceans, gastropods, vertebrates, and other creatures that live on or around undersea peaks, rich with waterborne nutrients. Scientists still have much classifying and cataloging to do: New species are discovered on almost every expedition. Investigate the creatures more closely by clicking on their thumbnail image.
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David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Gastropod Mollusk (Fusitriton magellanicus)

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Decapod (Eiconaxius sp.)

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Sea Urchin (Dermechinus horridus)

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Sea Star

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Gastropod Mollusk (Calliostomatidae)

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Pencil Urchin (Cidaridae) With Hydroids

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Brittle Star

Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)/Deep Atlantic Stepping Stones (DASS)/NOAA-Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER)/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (IFE/URI)

Coral (Iridogorgia sp.)

Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)/Deep Atlantic Stepping Stones (DASS)/NOAA-Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER)/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (IFE/URI)

Feathery Black Coral (Antipatharia)

Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)/Deep Atlantic Stepping Stones (DASS)/NOAA-Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER)/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (IFE/URI)

Coral (Enallopsammia sp.)

Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)/Deep Atlantic Stepping Stones (DASS)/NOAA-Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER)/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (IFE/URI)

Hydroid

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Sea Squirt (Tunicata)

Brian Skerry

Prickly Shark

Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)/Deep Atlantic Stepping Stones (DASS)/NOAA-Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER)/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (IFE/URI)

Bubblegum Coral (Paragorgiidae)

Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)/Deep Atlantic Stepping Stones (DASS)/NOAA-Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER)/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (IFE/URI)

Sponge (Farrea sp.)

Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)/Deep Atlantic Stepping Stones (DASS)/NOAA-Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER)/Institute for Exploration/University of Rhode Island (IFE/URI)

Bubblegum Coral (Paragorgia sp.)

NOAA-Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER)

Coral (Iridogorgia sp.)

Brian Skerry

Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake (Pelamis platura)

NOAA/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Sea Cucumber (Benthodytes sp.)

NOAA/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Venus Flytrap Anemone

NOAA/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Crab (Lithodidae)

NOAA/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Picasso Sponge

NOAA/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Gastropod Mollusk (Nudibranchia)

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Bottlebrush Coral (Thouarella sp.)

NOAA/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

Deepwater Bigeye Shrimp (Pandalopsis ampla)

NOAA

Batfish (Ogcocephalidae)

DASS/IFE/URI Institute for Archaeological Oceanography/NOAA

Sea Fan

Waitt Institute

Gaper (Chaunacidae)

Rob Stewart, National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, New Zealand

Octopus

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Sea Pen

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Squat Lobster (Munida sp.)

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Sea Urchin (Polyechinus agulhensis)

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Sea Fan

David Shale, Nature Picture Library

Squat Lobster (Munida sp.)