Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

The MARS Ocean Observatory Testbed

MARS Observatory Photo Gallery

The MARS Observatory is located more than 37 km (23 miles) from shore at a depth of 890 m (3,000 ft.). These are some of the deep-sea animals most commonly found living at the site. Click on an image to learn more about each animal.

Invertebrates


 

Sea Pen
Slender Sea Pen
Funiculina sp.
Sea Pen
Slender Sea Pen
Funiculina sp.
Droopy Sea Pen
Droopy Sea Pen
Umbellula lindahli

Droopy Sea Pen
Umbellula lindahli

Tanner Crab
Chionoecetes tanneri

Sun Star
Solaster borealis

Octopus
Octopus rubescens

Hermit Crabs
Family Diogenidae

Orange Anemone
Family Actinostolidae

Pink Anemone
Family Actiniidae

Brittlestar
Ophiuroidea

Sea Slug
Tritonia diomedea

Amphipod
Family Lyssianasidae

Humboldt Squid
Doscidicus gigas

Mysid
Class Crustacea

Deep-Sea Snail
Class Gastropoda


     


Fish


 


Sablefish
Anoplopoma fimbria

Finescale Mora
Antimora microlepis

Thornyhead Rockfish
Sebastolobus sp.


Blacktail Snailfish
Careproctus melanurus

Filetail Catshark  
Parmaturus xaniurus


Rattail (Grenadier)
Coryphaenoides acrolepis


Snake Eelpout
Lycenchelys sp.

Dover Sole
Microstomus pacificus

Deepsea Sole
Embassichthyes bathybius

Hagfish
Eptatretus stoutii

Slickhead
Alepocephalus tenebrosus
 

Marine Debris


Dead eel grass

Glass Bottle

Potato chip bag
     
For more information contact Linda Kuhnz

Last updated: Aug. 05, 2010