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Uploaded on Mar 17, 2010
Beneath the Gulf of Mexico is an ancient ocean basin full of salt domes and fractures in the earth's crust at over 2132 ft in water depth. Salty brines and methane bubble up to the sea floor and marine life abounds in unusual chemosynthetic communities. In this video, hagfish and eels attack a methane mussel; in turn, the eels and the hagfish fight over their prey at this brine pool site surrounded by mussel beds. The eel, unfortunately, gets covered in hagfish mucus and appears to suffocate. This video was taken under the auspices of the Shelf-and-Slope Taphonomic Initiative (NOAA, NSF Earth Science, NURP); Craig Caddigan, Senior Submersible Pilot, Johnson-Sea-Link Submersibles, Harbor Branch Oceanographic took the video; Dr. Karla Parsons-Hubbard, Oberlin College, Chief Scientist, edited the video; Dr. Sally E. Walker, University of Georgia, added text and edited the vid for QuickTime/YouTube. http://www.sidsnet.org/successtories/...