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Douglas Main, Staff Writer | May 09, 2013 05:03pm ET
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Here are methane gas bubbles rise from the seafloor. These bubbles were originally noticed by NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer in 2012. On May 8, 2013, the NOAA
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ship Ron Brown returned to the area to further investigate.
The Ron Brown, and its ROV Jason, moved closer and found a gas seep with unique life. Here Jason collects a sea urchin and a few mussels from the expansive
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mussel bed with its manipulator arm.
A lithodid crab seen on the mussel bed at 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) beneath the surface.
Mussels at the gas seep
This mussel community was found on flat stretches of the seafloor as well as on rocks rising 3 meters (9 feet) or more off the ocean bottom.
This is an unidentified deep-sea fish, perhaps a relative of the genus Brotulas, resting among the mussels.
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