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Deep Light cruise: to study bioluminescence and vision in deep-sea benthic animals (Bahamas 2009)


The spew bioluminescence of the shrimp Parapandalus sp.


Pilot Don Liberatore in the Johnson-Sea-Link submersible


Community of venus fly trap anemones (Actinoscyphia sp.) , basket stars, crabs, gooseneck barnacles and the seastar Novadinia sp. on dead coral


The octopus Bathypolypus arcticus


Bioluminescent mucus secreted from the venus fly trap anemone (Actinoscyphia sp.)


Unidentified ophiuroid on a soft coral

Bioluminescence of the ophiuroid Ophiochiton ternispinus found at 3000' during a certification dive


Stalked crinoid and hard coral on the deep-sea floor


Bioluminescence of the colonial zoantharian Gerardia sp., key species of the site we were studying.


Unidentified stalked crinoid


Bioluminescence from two hermit crab anemones


Crabs and ophiuroids feeding from a large soft coral


Bioluminescence of the sea pean Protoptilum sp.


Stars and light pollution (taken hand-held from a moving ship at ISO 26,500 to test the new low-light camera)


The bamboo coral Isidella sp.


Unidentified ophuiroid (Ophiocreas?) wrapped in a soft coral


Late afternoon storm over the Bahamas


(unless otherwise specificed, all photographs by Sonke Johnsen; contact for rights)

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