It is always exciting to see small, young corals in high density, like we saw at Rapano Ridge, as it is an indication of healthy populations. Over the next hundreds of years, this community will grow and change and potentially end up looking like one of the communities of large corals we observed upslope on this dive.

It is always exciting to see small, young corals in high density, like we saw at Rapano Ridge, as it is an indication of healthy populations. Over the next hundreds of years, this community will grow and change and potentially end up looking like one of the communities of large corals we observed upslope on this dive. Image courtesy NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deep-Sea Symphony: Exploring the Musicians Seamounts.

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