There are thousands of animals underneath the Arctic ice that most of us never get to see. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Explorer took a scientific expedition to the Canada Basin to get much needed information about climate change, and brought back these amazing images.
These brilliant tiny jellyfish spend their lives as plankton in the water column.
9. Eusirus holmii
This amphipod species (a crustacean with no shell) was found both at 2,000 feet below the surface and up at the same level as the ice.
8. Hymenodora glacialis
These fascinating beauties are the only pelagic shrimps living in the water column known to survive in the Canada Basin.
This male copepod (meaning ‘oar feet’) is known by its extra long tail and antennae. The males are rare and do not live long.
6. Sea Star
A stunning sea star brought up from the sea floor. Sea stars are a keystone species and have a huge effect on the surrounding environment and ecology.
An unknown species of commensal amphipod captured below 1,000 meters with a multinet.
These bivalves came from a core drilled deep into the ocean floor.
This Clione is also known as a sea butterfly. It is a form of shell-less snail that lives close to the surface.
This is an unknown species of Larvacean; filter feeders who are plankton animals.
The aulococtena lives between 350 and 1,100 meters deep in the sea and is the size and color of an orange. It has two sticky tentacles, one of which can be seen here.
There are thousands of microscopic animals in our world that we rarely get a chance to see and which are as beautiful – and often more unusual – than more common creatures we are used to.