The ledge feature of Many Mounds, on the West Florida slope, inhabited by black coral (black corals often appear white or orange but are named for the color of their skeletons), squat lobsters, and small octocorals.

The ledge feature of Many Mounds, on the West Florida slope, inhabited by black coral (black corals often appear white or orange but are named for the color of their skeletons), squat lobsters, and small octocorals. Image courtesy of NOAA Southeast Deep Coral Initiative and Pelagic Research Services.

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