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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl2379

A potentially dying coral colony with two attached brittle stars and two anemones. A small amount of apparently living tissue on some branches is orange to olive in color. Portions of the skeleton lacking tissue or covered by brown flocculent material. The brittle star is a normal symbiont of this type of coral, however the bleached white color of the arms is not typical.

Image ID: expl2379, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: Gulf of Mexico
Photo Date: 2010
Credit: Lophelia II 2010 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEMRE

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