Pacific Ring of Fire Expedition. Stalked crinoid (~ 5 inches across, ~13 cm)on the caldera seafloor at West Rota volcano. Crinoids are suspensionfeeders, using their crown, which is covered withsticky pinnules, to capture zooplankton.
Date: 2004 April
Credit: Pacific Ring of Fire 2004 Expedition. NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration; Dr. Bob Embley, NOAA PMEL, Chief Scientist
Location: Mariana Arc region, Western Pacific Ocean
Subject: Ocean exploration