Rob Stewart has created an impressive series of photographs of the animals found so far. He has a top quality studio set up in the biology lab on board and takes exquisite shots of the specimens.
(Thanks to Kareen Schnabel, NIWA for these first two photos.)
This little lobster like crustacean was unknown until about 20 years ago. It is about 8 cm long.
This is a crinoid or sea lily. Related forms are found in the fossil record from long ago. They are related to starfish and fan out their feather like branches to catch food floating by in the water. This one can actually move along the sea bed using its leg- like lower branches. Its length is about 20cm.
This bivalve mollusc from Rumble 2 West Volcano has never been seen before by the NIWA biologists. It may be new to science. It is about 4 cm across.
This fish is known as a rat tail. It scavenges about the sea floor in the murky depths seeking scraps to eat. This specimen is about 30 cm in length. It belongs to a large family of related species that are found between 30 to over 3000 metres of water depth.
This is a branching gorgonian coral from Clark Volcano. Unlike corals that live near the surface of the sea, deep sea corals do not have photosynthesising algae associated with them. They have to take all their food from the water that flows over them, using their tiny polyps. Brittle stars are very often found entwined in the coral branches.