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Off
Jacksonville, Florida
, scientists discov-
ered the shallowest
Lophelia pertusa
coral habitat
in the United States to date, at approximately
660 ft (200 m) depth. Occurring globally,
Loph-
elia pertusa
is an important reef-forming deep-
sea coral.
Southeast Research
ROV and Sub Dives
Multibeam Bathymetry
Collected
Coral Habitat Areas of
Particular Concern
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B
C
N
OAA and partners used a wide range of high-tech tools to find
and study deep-sea coral reef ecosystems off the southeastern
United States in 2009-2011 with support from the Deep Sea
Coral Research and Technology Program. The study consisted of seven
research cruises and post-cruise analyses of the videos, photos and biologi-
cal samples collected.
Locations where the program conducted 58 ROV and submersible dives
are in pink. Areas where the program mapped the seafloor with multi-
beam, totaling 1,480 square miles, are in red. The highlights of the pre-
liminary findings to date are:
Fig 1: The Deep Sea Coral Research and Technology Program unveiled deep-sea coral ecosystems
in the Southeast
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