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A webcam on MARS—the Monterey Accelerated Research System

If you’ve ever wondered what deep-sea creatures do all day, MBARI’s seafloor webcam has an answer or two. Animated snapshots, taken every two minutes over the last hour, provide glimpses into the everyday lives of deep-sea fishes, anemones, and sea pens.

ROV pilots originally deployed the camera in 891 meters (2,923 feet) of water on the MARS science node to monitor equipment. But, the camera also records scenes like marine snow drifting down from the surface, or of hermit crabs and deep-sea snails plowing through the sediment.

  Click on the image below to view an animation of pictures taken every two minutes over the last hour.

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