An Octopus Nursery Discovered on a Deep Underwater Mountain

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A yellow sponge (Staurocalyptus sp. nov.) new to science, an orange basket star (Gorgonocephalus sp.) crawling on it, several white ruffle sponges (Farrea occa), and a new species of white-branched sponge (Asbestopluma sp. nov.) on the Davidson Seamount at a depth of 1316 meters. (Credit: NOAA/MBARI 2006)

Far below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, three quarters of a mile deep, lies the peak of an underwater mountain.  Rising 1.4 miles off the abyssal plains, Davidson Seamount, nearly 26 miles long and 8 miles wide, is one of the largest known seamounts in U.S. waters. Davidson contains an abundance of life including massive groves of large bubblegum corals and reefs of glass sponges.  Life is so abundant at the seamount, we proposed nearly a decade ago that Davidson Seamount with its dense aggregations of invertebrates may serve as source of many species to nearby canyons and rocky outcrops off the California


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