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Seafloor Oasis

Seafloor Oasis

The skeleton of a dead whale was intentionally sunk off the coast of San Diego in order to study how "whale falls"--when whales die at sea and drop to the ocean floor--serve as oases of life for other creatures. To date, more than 20 such whale-fall ecosystems have been found. The images for this photomosaic were taken by cameras on the submersible Alvin. (Photomosaic courtesy of Hanumant Singh, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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