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These Rarely Seen Deep-Sea Creatures Seem From Another World

March 06, 2017

These Rarely Seen Deep-Sea Creatures Seem From Another World

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer uncovers amazing beauty in the deep waters in and around the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument (RAMNM) and the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS). 

Rare lifeforms are photographed and live on video.

These Rarely Seen Deep-Sea Creatures Seem From Another World

Melissa Breyer
March 3, 2017

An NOAA ship is exploring uncharted areas of the deep Pacific; the life they're finding is dazzling beyond imagination.

From February to April 2017, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is exploring the unknown and poorly known deepwater areas in American Samoa, Samoa, and the Cook Islands, paying special attention to the Rose Atoll Marine National Monument (RAMNM) and the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS).

WIth 13,581 square miles of protected areas of nearshore coral reef and offshore open ocean waters across the Samoan archipelago, the aim of their mission is to provide a foundation of baseline information to help the Sanctuary and Monument understand and manage its resources. It also serves as an opportunity to highlight "the uniqueness and importance of these national symbols of ocean conservation," notes the expedition's site, adding:

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