So, this happened only Monday.. The ROV was exploring McCall Seamount at around 2700 meters and came upon this beast..
So, the amazing thing about this is, I didn't recognize it! If you wanted to learn what it was like to "discover" new species along with the scientists?? THIS IS WHAT THAT IS LIKE.
Based on a tip by ophiuroid expert Sabine Stohr, this ophiacanthid brittle star is likely Ophioplinthaca!
I described only last year (here) What's interesting about it? the disk is HUGELY swollen with water! A big difference from seeing them preserved in a bucket!!!
What discoveries will next week's expeditions bring???