Collections from Curaçao

During the 2012 field season of the Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP) in Curaçao, Smithsonian scientists collected many specimens with the help of the Curasub. Prospective new species were caught on almost every dive as the scientists explored the biodiversity of the mid- and deep-sea ecosystems.

This amazing sea toad, Chaunax sp., has modified pectoral fins it uses to walk along the bottom.