The Lophelia colonies at the Gulfpenn Wreck site exhibit 4.6 m (15 ft) of vertical relief along the superstructure. It is literally a wall of coral.

The Lophelia colonies at the Gulfpenn Wreck site exhibit 4.6 m (15 ft) of vertical relief along the superstructure. It is literally a wall of coral. Image courtesy of Lophelia II Team 2009, NOAA-OER.

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