Xenoturbella profunda worm in  the Gulf of California

Xenoturbella profunda worm in the Gulf of California
Deep-sea worms slither around the bottom of the animal tree of life

The deep sea is full of strange and little-known worms. A new paper coauthored by MBARI molecular biologist Robert Vrijenhoek describes four newly named species of flatworms in the genus Xenoturbella have that have mouths, but no eyes, brains, stomachs, or anuses. A detailed analysis of the new species’ DNA showed that they are some of the most primitive animals with bilateral symmetry (bodies with more or less symmetrical right and left sides).
Sponges and basket star on Davidson Seamount. Image (c) NOAA/MBARI

New website catalogs thousands of deep-sea animals and seafloor features

MBARI's new Deep-Sea Guide makes it easy for anyone to search MBARI's treasure trove of images and scientific observations of deep-sea animals, seafloor habitats, geological features, and research tools. Previously only available for internal use, the Deep-Sea Guide is now available to scientists and the general public.
Engineer Brett Hobson and Research Specialist Chris Preston on their way to launch the AUV containing a new genomic sensor.

Successful launch of new genomic sensor

The new, smaller version of the Environmental Sample Processor made its debut flight in the payload of a long-range-autonomous underwater vehicle.
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