Polynoid worm seen on soft sediments at the beginning of Dive 19. This was the deepest dive of the completed Oceano Profundo 2018: Exploring Deep-sea Habitats off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, taking us down to a depth of 5,000 meters (3.11 miles). That's deep!
This dive to explore Mona Seamount was also one of the deepest dives ever to reach the seafloor in this part of the world. Despite the depth of the dive, the site was not devoid of life, as we saw sponges, corals, anemones, some fishes, and more...illustrating that even with extremely cold temperatures, crushing pressures, and no sunlight, life finds a way.
Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Exploring Deep-sea Habitats off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Learn more about the expedition here: oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/ex1811/welcom...