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Contact: Kim Fulton-Bennett
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Bundle of Acacia Wood on Deep Seafloor

Caption: This photograph shows one of 36 bundles of acacia wood that sat on the deep seafloor, 3,200 meters below the surface, for five years. The bundle is held together by a mesh bag that allows the tiny larvae of deep-sea clams and other animals to colonize the wood. Lithodid crabs crawl around the outside of the mesh.

Credit: (c) 2012 MBARI

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