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140,000 square miles of epic ocean habitat protected... corals, sponges, basket stars and more!

Treasure lies beneath the waves off Oregon’s coast. Forget gold and silver, these riches are a place called Daisy Bank. Colorful temperate corals rise from the seabed. Rockfish and shrimp shelter in giant sponges. Daisy Bank is a masterpiece of life, an oasis on the seafloor where fish and shellfish hunt and breed. Scientists have only explored a small fraction of the seabed off Oregon, Washington and California, but they know that such deep reefs are essential shelters for ocean life. “These are epic, Dr. Seuss looking habitats, with 6-foot sponges and corals that have been around for thousands of years,” said Oceana’s California campaign director and senior scientist Geoff Shester. Places like Daisy Bank shelter myriad ocean wildlife, which could vanish if the corals and sponges disappear. Yet many of these special places are already gone, ripped up by bottom trawls — la...

Full article: https://oceana.org/blog/west-coast-protects-140000-square...

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