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Human occupied vehicle (HOV) Alvin collecting a sample of live Lophelia pertusa on the DEEP SEARCH 2018 mission. On the third dive of the R/V Atlantis expedition, the DEEP SEARCH team explored thriving Lophelia reefs along pronounced linear mound features. These Lophelia reefs are among some of the deepest along the U.S. Atlantic coast.


Image courtesy of DEEP SEARCH 2018 - BOEM, USGS, NOAA, HOV Alvin. Copyright Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.