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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl8379

A black coral growing on a vertical wall. Black corals are named for the color of their skeleton, while their tissues take on vibrant hues ranging from red to yellow or white. One family of black corals, Leiopathes, has been found to survive over 4,000 years, making them among the longest-lived organisms on the planet.

Image ID: expl8379, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: Virginia, Norfolk Canyon
Photo Date: 2013 May 16
Credit: Deepwater Canyons 2013 -Pathways to the Abyss, NOAA-OER/BOEM/USGS

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