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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl7456

Colonies of Lophelia coral with outstretched feeding polyps were discovered at 385 meters along the upper crest of a small mound at the north end of De Soto Canyon. Galatheid crabs seen here are strongly associated with reefs of Lophelia. Dead Lophelia skeletons below living colonies with live anemones were also observed here.

Image ID: expl7456, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: Gulf of Mexico, North
Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2012 Expedition

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