SUFB 554: New Deep Sea Coral Reef Discovered Off Coast Of South Carolina

A collaboration of researchers and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute discovered an 85 linear mile swath of deep sea Coral Reef off the Atlantic Coast of the US. The discovery comes after the Okeanos had mapped a number of deep sea mounds.

The coral reefs can house a diverse array of species and attract predators such as the swordfish that was observed by Woods Hole’s ROV, Alvin. The reef could become a protected area as it would be important for fisheries and it would prevent oil and gas develop that is earmarked for the Atlantic Ocean.

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