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    Scientists Discover Giant Deep-Sea Coral Reef Off Atlantic Coast

    "Some 160 miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, a half mile below the ocean surface, is a dense forest of cold water corals. And based on their observations and recent sonar mapping of the ocean floor, researchers estimate that the reef runs for at least 85 linear miles.

    “This is a huge feature,” Cordes said. “It’s incredible that it stayed hidden off the US East Coast for so long.”

    "Cordes, a deep-sea ecologist and professor at Temple University, called it an “unbelievable” ecosystem unlike anything he has seen before. He has done a lot of work in the Gulf of Mexico, where Lophelia are also common. But unlike in the Gulf, finding colonies in this part of the Atlantic proved easy.

    “Just mountains of it,” Cordes said as a crew worked to secure Alvin back on the ship’s deck. “We couldn’t find a place that didn’t have corals.”

    Check out the link below to the original article.
    https://www.motherjones.com/environm...tlantic-coast/

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    Wow! Crazy. Wish I could dive and take a look.

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    I wonder if they've published any images of these corals. It said they're ghost white and there are mountains and mountains of them. I'm curious what that would look like a half a mile below the surface.
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    Wow that’s crazy. The ocean is amazing. Wonder how many other things are yet to be discovered.


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    Yes, it sure is. The sad part is most of this stuff is being discovered by oil/gas and pharmaceutical companies looking for areas to drill/collect.
    Same with a lot of fossil beds, and ruins. It's a shame the general public will never know how just many discoveries.

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    Wow that’s crazy. The ocean is amazing. Wonder how many other things are yet to be discovered.
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    3 days ago i was on a ROV approx 250 miles south of Texas/louisiana at 9000 feet deep.
    we spotted this squid, not sure what it is called, except for creature X.
    unfortunately i was unable to get a copy of the video, (client would not let release it)
    but here is a link of creature X, it is from a few years ago. Very rare creature, so far.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiT7mg5mE5Y


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