21 May '18, 8pm

Ignoring Deep-Sea Corals Is Risky for the Oceans, and for Us

The deep sea might be cold and dark, but it's not barren. Down here, an incredible diversity of corals shelters young fish like grouper, snapper and rockfish. Sharks, rays and other species live and feed here their whole lives. Brightly colored coral gardens , far beyond the reach of the sun's rays, don't just nurture deep-sea life. They also help advance medical research and understand climate change . Crucial though they are, such deep-dwelling corals are rarely glimpsed and easy to overlook. They don't get much notice from us on the surface. Here are five reasons they are worthy of respect—and attention. A peachy deep-sea coral in the Alboran Sea. Oceana 1. Deep Doesn't Mean Deserted Deep corals are strikingly similar to their shallow, tropical relatives, but get much less attention. While they don't form typical coral reefs, aggregations of these species can transform ...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/deep-sea-corals-2570827602.html

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