Vibrant Bubblegum Coral Found at the Bottom of the Mariana Trench

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Check out this beautiful and vibrant bubblegum coral found at the bottom of the world’s deepest trench, the Mariana Trench!

A video taken by researchers on their expedition to the Mariana region of the northwest Pacific Ocean shows that the dark depths of the trench looks like a whole other world. The seabed down below makes all the difference as it is once again found to be home to some of the most beautiful and weird-looking creatures ever to be discovered.

The video released from NOAA’s Okeanos Explorer also showed a stunning bubblegum coral that will certainly catch the attention of any viewer.

The coral known as Paragorgia arbore was found at a depth of 522 meters or about 1,712 feet, last June 2016. It looked absolutely striking in contrast to the pitch-black depth of the sea.

The coral acted as a temporary dwelling place for a little crab and a worm-like brittle star (or ophiuroids) to hang on to. Not only this, there were also some green filaments that were thought to be a type of sponge or algae found on the coral. This was actually peculiar, given the complete lack of light at the level of the seafloor.

By | 2018-01-05T19:04:24+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Nature|

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