New deep-water coral reef in UK

Date: 28/09/2009

Marine scientists from Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC)  discovered a new deep-water coral reef consisting of dense colonies of the cold-water coral species Lophelia pertusa.It contains a diversity of life including gorgonians, anemones, seastars and fish. The reef was discovered using specialist underwater camera equipment to investigate a previously unstudied pinnacle off the north-eastern flank of Rockall Bank.

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