Hundreds of Newly Found Gas Plumes
Sonar and video gathered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration ship Okeanos Explorer spotted 570 methane plumes offshore of the East Coast. Here are amazing images of these diverse ecosystems.
A close-up of methane hydrate observed at a depth of 3,460 feet (1,055 meters) off the U.S. Atlantic Coast.
A seep site south of Norfolk Canyon. These mussels have specialized bacteria that live in their gills and use the methane to make energy.
Sea creature closeup
Chemosynthetic mussels discovered at a methane seep along the East Coast.
Bright pink coral
Cup corals and bubblegum corals live on rock near the edge of the mussel bed.
A red crab trying to crack open a mussel at a newly discovered natural gas seep off the coast of Maryland.
White gas hydrate formed under a rock overhang.
A small piece of methane hydrate formed above leaking methane.
Field of mussels
Massive carbonates (brown rocks), live and dead mussels, and white bacterial mats found at a seep site.
I spy an octopus
The octopus Graneledone verrucosa and brittle stars on top of a mussel bed and white microbial mats at a seep site south of Norfolk Canyon.
Just the right spot
A species of rockling (Family Lotidae) nestles within beds of chemosynthetic mussels (Bathymodiolus).