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NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: Mid-Cayman Rise 2011, Chemosynthetic Life in Atlantic waters 8/9/2011

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Uploaded on Sep 29, 2011

The "moment of discovery" -- The site where 'chemosynthetic' shrimp and tubeworms were observed together for what scientists believe is the first time in the world. These animals, relying on symbiotic chemosynthetic bacteria, derive energy from chemical processes occurring at hydrothermal vents or seeps on the seafloor, unlike most other life on Earth which relies upon energy from the sun and is termed photosynthetic life.

Video courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Mid-Cayman Rise Exploration 2011.

Please visit source: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos...

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