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Photos: Creatures of the Deepest Deep-Sea Vents

Beebe Black Smoker

A black smoker at the Beebe Vent field

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A "black smoker" vent at the Beebe Vent Field, the world's deepest known hydrothermal vent area.

Beebe Anemones

Anemones at the Beebe vent field in the Caribbean.

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Anemones line cracks where warm water seeps into the deep ocean at the Beebe vent field

Shrimp Galore

Shrimp on the Beebe vents.

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A vent at the Beebe vent field crawls with a newly discovered species of shrimp.

AutoSub6000

AutoSub6000 in the Caribbean.

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The torpedo-shaped AutoSub6000 launches. This robot sub is used to locate and study deep-sea vents.

Vent Location

Vent location for Beebe and Von Damm vent fields.

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This map shows the location of the new vent fields in the Caribbean.

HyBIS

Deep-sea vehicle HyBIS

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The unmanned deep-sea vehicle HyBIS launches on an expedition to the vents.

Von Damm Shrimp

Shrimp on the Von Damm vents.

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A skinny fish cavorts amidst a crush of shrimp at the Von Damm vent field in the Caribbean.

New Shrimp

New shrimp at Caribbean vent fields.

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The new shrimp species has a patch of light-sensitive cells on its back.