In the distance, you can see on of the colonies of Iridogorgia spotted on dive 2 at “Beach” Seamount. Not only is Iridogorgia my favorite deep sea coral, but this was likely a significant depth extension for the species.

In the distance, you can see on of the colonies of Iridogorgia spotted on Dive 02 at “Beach” Seamount. Not only is Iridogorgia my favorite deep-sea coral, but this was likely a significant depth extension for the species. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deep-Sea Symphony: Exploring the Musicians Seamounts.

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