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Category: Animal of the Deep

Deep-sea skate

Deep-sea skates favor particular habitats or “neighborhoods” on the deep seafloor.

Spiny star

The spiny star has a particular appetite for deep-sea corals, using tiny tube feet to scale towering corals and find a delicious dinner.

Pearl octopus

Large numbers of pearl octopus gather at deep-sea thermal springs to mate and nest.

Pigbutt worm

The pigbutt worm is an unusual little worm discovered by MBARI researchers.

Woolly siphonophore

Sprawling tentacles help a wooly siphonophore snag a meal of jellies and other gelatinous animals.

Bubblegum coral

The knobby branches of the bubblegum coral shelter smaller fishes and invertebrates.

Pom-pom anemone

The pom-pom anemone rolls along the seafloor with ocean currents until it finds the perfect spot to spread its tuft of tentacles.

Glass squid

Transparency keeps glass squids safe in the twilight zone.

Mushroom soft coral

animal Type Maximum Size 15 cm (6 inches) across Depth 200–1,200 m (660–3,900 feet) Habitat Seafloor seamounts, submarine canyons, and rocky outcroppings Diet Plankton and small crustaceans Range Northeastern Pacific Ocean from California to Mexico About This coral is one of the nicest neighbors you could hope for. The mushroom soft coral (Heteropolypus ritteri) …

Silky jelly

When danger approaches, the silky jelly uses speed and clever tricks to make a quick escape.