2,000 Year Old Black Corals

Date: 1/8/2011

Scientists validated the age of deep sea black corals in the Gulf of Mexico which is home to 2,000 year old deep sea black corals, many only a few feet tall. These slow-growing, long-living animals thrive in very deep waters – 300m and deeper. Black corals are the slowest growing deep corals, growing eight to 22 micrometres per year, compared to the shallow-water reef-building coral which grow about one millimetre per year, or 65 times as fast as black coral.

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