Hey, Who Turned On the Lights?
Photograph by William Reeve, SLP
The intense glare of Alvin's specially rigged movie lights captures a cast of characters Spielberg would love. The scene is set at the Snake Pit site, named for the slithery eelpouts that live there. "These scavengers will eat just about everything, from bacteria to shrimp," says marine biologist Richard Lutz, chief scientist for the expedition. Nearby, white anemones wave in the current, snails forage, and chaetopterid worms extend their threadlike feeding arms to grab whatever bits float by.