Monday, July 28, 2008

A Moving, Living Crinoid

Looking for some crinoid images I found some pictures of a living crinoid that lives in deep water (250+ meters). It is called Neocrinus decorus and it can move slowly. Here is a website showing a series of images of the creature moving across the seafloor.

The paper is here and I only read part of it. It is interesting especially the image of the tracks which might be something to look for in rock layers where crinoids are found.

This is a neat site as well from a couple that lived in the Grand Caymen Islands for about a year and dive a lot around the island. There is a submarine there that dives to deeper depths and they took some crinoid pictures while there.

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