Deep-sea Animal ID Guide Launched

The Hawaiʻi Undersea Research Laboratory guide includes images of fishes including the Chaunacidae Chaunax umbrinus (photo courtesy of HURL)

Scientists around the world, as well as the general public can now access the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Hawaiʻi Undersea Research Lab deep-water animal photo guide online. Until recently, the guide was only available to scientists preparing for upcoming dives.

The guide is a collection of over 1,500 images from video-still captures, digitized 35 mm slides and pilot camera photos. It serves as a reference of all deep-water animals encountered during submersible and ROV dives throughout HURL’s 30-year history.

Each image is tagged with a color that indicates the depth at which the representative photo was taken.

“HURL simply wants people to appreciate the amazing variety of life-forms that exist in deeper waters around Hawaiʻi,” said HURL Biologist Christopher Kelley.

In addition to being an aide for future dives, the online database provides a way for scientists and taxonomic specialists to provide feedback and make corrections directly from the website.

For more information, view the guide or read the news release for more.

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