New Coral Data for Bering Sea Canyons

Publication - January 23, 2008
The Bering Sea is home to some of the largest submarine canyons in the world. These unique habitats are deep enough to provide refuges for species that have literally no place else to hide from industrial fishing operations, and are likely to be home for creatures that have yet to be seen with human eyes.

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Executive summary: The canyons support diverse coral habitats ranging from relatively dense fields of gorgonians (Plumarella and Acanthoprimnoa) and groves of sea whips (Halipteris willemoesi) to isolated boulders with large arborescent corals. We collected or observed in situ at least 14 unique coral taxa.

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