Black coral at 180 feet in the Au'au Channel, Maui Hawaii.

Researchers observed this black coral at 180 ft depth in the Au'au Channel, off Maui, Hawaii. Of the 200-plus black coral species, more than 15 are found in Hawaii. Although found at all depths, black corals can be a dominant feature of Hawaii’s unique deep coral reef environment. Image courtesy of Anthony Montgomery, Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources.

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