This crinoid, or sea lily, may be the poorly known Monachocrinus caribbeus, the only member of its family, Bathycrinidae, previously recorded from the Gulf of Mexico. During the current #Okeanos Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition, we found large numbers of these crinoids in some areas attached to hard elevated substrates. It displays the parabolic filtration fan posture characteristic of most stalked crinoids, with arms curved back into the current and mouth oriented downcurrent (to right in this image). We're diving RIGHT NOW in the Gulf, so click on the link to join us as we explore at ~1,600 meters (one mile) below the ocean's surface.
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