Gold Coral Close-up

This close-up photograph of gold coral (Gerardia sp.) was taken at the Cross Seamount in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 400 m (1,312 ft). Gold corals at this location can have lifespans of 2,000 years or more. Explore more in the multimedia feature "Coral Gardens of the Deep Sea."  


Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Rob Dunbar