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Rhamphocottus richardsonii Grunt sculpin

The grunt sculpin or grunt-fish (Rhamphocottus richardsonii) is a small fish mainly found in the eastern Pacific Ocean.[1] The grunt sculpin generally remains close to shore and is often found in empty giant barnacle shells. It was first identified by Albert Günther in 1874 and was named in honor of naturalist John Richardson.[1] The common name comes from reports that the fish vibrate or “grunt” when held.[2] Its defining feature …

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Cespitularia Sp

Cespitularia…photographed here at night with a flash; hence the calcareous spicules reflecting light)

Chrysomallon squamiferum…The Sea Pangolin (AKA Scaly-foot gastropod or Scaly-foot snail)

An endangered species found in the deep-sea hydrothermal-vents (about 1.5 to 2 miles below the sea). It is the only still-living creature to incorporate iron sulfide into its shell (and sclerites!). In 2019, it was declared endangered on the IUCN Red List due to deep-sea mining of its habitat for metal ores. This snail is …

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