Extreme Closeup of Coral Polyps
Hercules grabs an extreme closeup of some coral polyps at Noroit Seamount in the Anegada passage - coral is a colonial organism, so each polyp is actually an individual life-form. Learn more about corals over in our blog.
Within the Caribbean region, numerous unexplored seamounts punctuate the seafloor holding records of geologic, biologic and oceanographic processes over different time-scales. Seamounts are topographically and oceanographically complex with environmental characteristics that vary greatly and have often been suggested to be biodiversity hotspots, however, many of these hypotheses are only beginning to be explored in detail.