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Coral-lined Ledges | by NOAA Ocean Exploration & Research
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Coral-lined Ledges

During a dive on Stetson Banks Shallow as part of the DEEP SEARCH 2018: DEEP Sea Exploration to Advance Research on Coral/Canyon/Cold seep Habitats expedition, most of the ledges and rocky outcroppings encountered had corals, like these plexaurids, lining their edges.


It was during this expedition that the team discovered extensive reefs composed of the deep-sea stony coral, Lophelia pertusa, off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. The reefs could stretch for as long as 85 linear miles, but had previously gone undetected. Learn more about the discovery here:


Image copyright Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


Learn more about the expedition here:



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Taken on August 26, 2019