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Gold Coral Close-up

This photograph of Gerardia sp. was taken at the Cross Seamount in the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 400 m (1,312 feet).
Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Rob Dunbar

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."