Deep-Sea Coral Community

Dr. Amy Baco-Taylor observed corals like these on her first submarine dive to a deep-sea coral bed off the coast of Hawaii. They include primnoids, zoanthids, and Gerardia. The high density and diversity of species is typical of most deep-coral beds in Hawaii at this depth. Learn how she became interested in deep-sea corals,  and explore more in the multimedia feature "Coral Gardens of the Deep Sea."  


Photos by A. Baco, T. Kerby and M. Kremer, Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory and NOAA Ocean Exploration