Deep Sea Corals
Coral in Concert
Deep-sea coral and sponge communities are often hot spots of biodiversity, providing important habitat for life within deep ocean waters. As the ocean knows no boundaries, NOAA has a responsibility to study these communities both inside and outside of U.S. waters. The area explored in the Musicians Seamounts during the Deep-Sea Symphony expedition hosted some of the most-dense coral and sponge communities encountered throughout the entire CAPSTONE project in the Pacific.