If alien life exists in our solar system, it may look like this

Pictures of deep-sea vents hidden below ice offer some of our first looks at creatures thriving in conditions akin to those on watery moons.

A red shrimp makes its way past a glass sponge in the zone where the Aurora hydrothermal vent field pumps heat and nutrients onto the desolate floor of the Arctic Ocean. This image was captured by a tow camera tethered to the Norwegian icebreaker R.V. Kronprins Haakon in October.

Photograph by OFOBS, AWI team

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