02 Apr '11, 6pm

Ancient Black Coral in the Gulf of Mexico: Black corals are a group of deep water, tree-like corals related to s...

RELATED ARTICLES Gulf of Mexico Coral January 5, 2011 04:23 PM Corals Discovered Where None Were Expected October 6, 2010 09:09 AM Deep-sea corals may be oldest living marine organism March 24, 2009 09:21 AM Corals Proposed for Endangered Listing for First Time March 4, 2005 12:00 AM Black corals are a group of deep water, tree-like corals related to sea anemones. Though black coral's living tissue is brilliantly colored, it takes its name from the distinctive black or dark brown color of its skeleton. For the first time, scientists have been able to validate the age of deep-sea black corals in the Gulf of Mexico. They found the Gulf is home to 2,000 year-old deep-sea black corals, many of which are only a few feet tall. These slow-growing, long-living animals thrive in very deep waters—300 meters (984 feet) and deeper—yet scientists say they are sensitive to what is happe...

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