Diverse Deep-Sea Corals

Shown here are several deep-sea coral species: From left to right is an unidentified purple octocoral, a small gold acanthorgorgiid octocoral, and a large colony of pink Corallium secundum. Basket stars have made a home in the purple octocoral. 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