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The ghost-white hydrothermal vent crab is a top predator at vent sites. When this crab is very young, it is bright
red and less than an inch long. The adult may reach a maximum size of about 5 inches.
The white, snake-like zoarcid, or eelpout, is the most common fish seen at hydrothermal vent sites.
Hair-like projections ("cirri") line the webbed arms of this deep-sea octopus. These projections may help it sense
food in the darkness. This species also is equipped with paddle-like fins to help it swim.
Pompeii worms stick their dark-red feathery heads out of their tube homes. This worm is the hottest known animal
on Earth. It can withstand temperatures as hot as 80°C (176°F).