North Atlantic right whale ‘Ruffian’ (catalog #3530) has several healed entanglement wounds. Photos taken throughout a whale’s lifetime help researchers better understand the effects of vessel strikes and entanglement on whale health. Image taken under MMPA research permit #17335 Photographer: NOAA/NEFSC/Christin Khan
Hydrothermal-vent chimney. In the center of the photo, you can see the vent fluid, which appears as dark smoke due to its high levels of minerals and sulfides. Look closely, and you will also see the chimney is crawling with Chorocaris shrimp and Austinograea wiliamsi crabs. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.