Sea Fans with Basket Star

Several deep-water sea fans (Plumarella pellucida) were photographed with a basket star at 150 meters (492 feet) using a remotely operated vehicle in Georgetown Hole, Ga.

 

In April 2010, a team of researchers aboard NOAA ship PISCES explored deep coral habitat at a depth of 100-300 meters (361 to 984 feet) off Georgia, east of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary in South Atlantic Bight. The team used a remotely operated vehicle, fisheries acoustics, and a grab sampler to collect corals and sediment. The rugged bottom topography and the coral mounds are attractive features for deep-sea reef fish like wreckfish and blackbelly rosefish. Large barrelfish and red bream also shelter in the rugged bottom.

 

Credit: NOAA Exploring Deep Sea Coral Expedition 2010

 

Read more about the expedition

 

(Original source: National Ocean Service Image Gallery)

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Taken on January 5, 2012