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Brittle Star | by NOAA Ocean Exploration & Research
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Brittle Star

Brittle stars and squat lobsters are some of the most common associates that we see in corals. This brittle star has taken up residence on a beautiful purple coral that our science team hasn’t been able to identify yet. Imaged during the Oceano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico's Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. The Okeanos returns to the region on October 30, 2018, for another exciting expedition.


Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs.


To learn more about the 2015 expedition, visit:


For more about the 2018 mission, visit:



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Uploaded on October 25, 2018