We also collected a variety of animals from the vent field. These included fish, snails and shrimp. Although it was wonderful to watch the animals in situ the best bit of the dive was when the ROV returned to the ship and we got to see the animals for real.
|Snails, fish and shrimp at Von Damm vent|
On future dives we aim to collect and examine more species to gain a better understanding of the colonies of creatures living here and to compare them with those living at different vents around the world. This will really help us to comprehend the dispersal and evolution of species in the deep sea. We’ll also be comparing what lives at the Von Damm and Beebe Vent Fields, seeing whether animals disperse between them, and investigating their life cycles in the deep ocean.
By Verity Nye.