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Images of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary


Cold and dark, the deep sea is the largest, but least understood region on earth. Several, large submarine canyons carve into the sanctuary's seafloor, creating deep-water habitats close to shore. Using submersibles or remotely operated vehicles, scientists take advantage of the canyons' proximity to study deep sea animals, like this rockfish.


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