A possible rare (for the Gulf of Mexico) orange Lophelia colony seen during a remotely operated vehicle dive near the Joliet platform. Sampling would need to occur to tell for certain that this is in fact Lophelia. The two red dots you see are 10 centimeters apart.

A possible rare (for the Gulf of Mexico) orange Lophelia colony seen during a remotely operated vehicle dive near the Joliet platform. Sampling would need to occur to tell for certain that this is in fact Lophelia. The two red dots you see are 10 centimeters apart. Image courtesy of Lophelia II 2012 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEM.

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