This image shows a diversity of deep-sea coral species, including two species of octocorals, or sea fans (Paramuricea in yellow and Callogorgia in light gray), one species of stony coral (Lophelia pertusa in white), and a brittle star (Asteroschema) (credit: Lophelia II: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks 2009 Expedition, NOAA OER/BOEM).

This image shows a diversity of deep-sea coral species, including two species of octocorals, or sea fans (Paramuricea in yellow and Callogorgia in light gray), one species of stony coral (Lophelia pertusa in white), and a brittle star (Asteroschema). Image courtesy of Lophelia II: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks 2009 Expedition, NOAA OER/BOEM.

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