Blackwater Hang Octopus, Hawaii

by brian lam

Joshua Lambus’s entry into last year’s Nat Geo photo contest. I’ve been looking at it since, and it never got old. Joshua was diving 3 miles off Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on a dive known as “blackwater hang”. The NOAA’s been poking around Kona, too, but with Little Hercules (a sub):YouTube Preview Image

A compilation of video clips collected in deepwater by the Little Hercules Remotely Operated Vehicle and camera platform during an ROV shakedown cruise aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer offshore Kona, Hawaii (March 2010). The video footage shows a pelagic sea cucumber (apodid holothurian), Venus flytrap sea anemone (actinoscyphiid sea anemone), tipod fish (chlorophthalmid tipod fish), flatfish (pleuronectiform flatfish), eel (bongrid conger eel), shrimp (benthic caridean likely nematocarcinid shrimp), actiniid Bolocera-like sea anemone with a galatheid crab, Glass sponge and demospongid with hermit crab, and hexactinellid (glass) sponge next to a primnoid coral. Video Credit: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

The Hercules ROV launches from the Okeanos Explorer, America’s only dedicated research vessel for exploring the unknown of the seas. A fine ship I hope to see one day. [NatGeoNOAA]

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