ROV Odysseus collecting a delicate fragment of the deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa at 480 meters. The fragment was brought back alive to the surface and is currently being maintained in an aquarium culture for studies on coral reproduction (credit: NOAA Southeast Deep Coral Initiative-Pelagic Research Services).

ROV Odysseus collecting a delicate fragment of the deep-sea coral Lophelia pertusa at 480 meters. The fragment was brought back alive to the surface and is currently being maintained in an aquarium culture for studies on coral reproduction. Image courtesy of NOAA Southeast Deep Coral Initiative-Pelagic Research Services.

Download larger image (jpg, 10.5 MB)

 

Related Links

August 23: Illuminating the Deep: The ROV Odysseus

Southeast Deep Coral Initiative: Exploring Deep-Sea Coral Ecosystems off the Southeast U.S.