A reef formed by the coral species Lophelia pertusa at 450m below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

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    This photo, taken as part of a major research project led by Penn State Professor of BIology Charles Fisher, shows a reef formed by the coral species Lophelia pertusa at 450m below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico with an orange brisingid starfish in the foreground and a school of fish overhead.Image courtesy of Lophelia II 2012 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM

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