26 Dec '11, 3pm

Green Blog: A Visual Feast in an Undersea Twilight Zone

Avi Klapfer A rare Cocos batfish walks along the sea floor with its limb-like fins. The author saw at least seven of these fish at a depth of about 110 feet near Cocos Island, off the Costa Rican coast. It was an extraordinary day for me. To understand why, it may be useful to explain a bit about my research. Using advanced closed-circuit mixed-gas rebreather technology, my colleagues and I have spent the past two decades traveling the tropical Pacific Ocean to to document life that occurs below the realm of scuba divers. The environment that I focus on — tropical reef habitats at depths of about 200 to 500 feet — has variously been referred to as deep coral reefs, mesophotic coral ecosystems and the coral-reef “Twilight Zone.” The last of these seems the most appropriate because this depth range under clear tropical coastal seas is a transition zone between the brightly l...

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A Visual Feast in an Undersea Twilight Zone

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Avi Klapfer A rare Cocos batfish walks along the sea floor with its limb-like fins. The author saw at least seven of these...

Green Blog: A Visual Feast in an Undersea Twili...

green.blogs.nytimes.com 26 Dec '11, 3pm

Avi Klapfer A rare Cocos batfish walks along the sea floor with its limb-like fins. The author saw at least seven of these...

A Visual Feast in an Undersea Twilight Zone:

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