Giant Purple Isopod
Look familiar? This giant isopod is closely related to a much smaller land species - the common pill bug. We see a lot of them on the seafloor, but rarely any that are this brilliant purple color.
The Windward Passage, located between Cuba and Haiti, is a major conduit between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. It is a site of complex currents, mixing and exchange of water that have been little explored despite the historical importance of this region as a major shipping route. This region also represents a very active portion of the northern Caribbean plate boundary, where several geologic (seismic and tectonic) features and processes occur along the seafloor beneath the Windward Passage.