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Red plumes burst out from the tops of these chemosynthetic tubeworms

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Red plumes burst out from the tops of these chemosynthetic tubeworms, capturing hydrogen sulfide and oxygen from the surrounding water to feed their bacterial endosymbionts. The tubeworm tubes provide a habitat for several benthic animals, including the pale pink branching octocorals seen here

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Photo Credit: ROV SuBastian/Schmidt Ocean Institute