Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

August 3, 2011
Marine debris

sargassum fish
Today a tiny Sargassum fish was collected in our samples, but we returned it to the ocean. These rare fish are endemic to the Sargasso Sea.

camoflauged sargassum fish
Like most of the macrofauna we’ve seen in our samples, the Sargassum fish is perfectly camouflaged for hiding in the fronds of its seaweed habitat.

metal drum
Even in the remote Sargasso Sea, we’ve encountered marine debris like this metal drum floating in the surface waters.

derelict buoy
Lone Ranger crew retrieve a derelict buoy found drifting past the ship.

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