Gulf of Alaska Seamount Expedition. Paragorgia sclerites seen under the microscope. Sclerites are tiny microscopic bones embedded in the fleshy polyps ofoctocorals. The large sclerites are called girdled spindles, the smaller onesare eight radiate.
Credit: Gulf of Alaska 2004. NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration
Location: Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska
Subject: Ocean exploration