Life above the reef
Life above the reef is dominated by highly mobile animals such as fish. They form shoals, circling above. These animals may never stray far from the reef, depending on it for food and shelter. The reefs seem to provide important habitats for fish like redfish (Sebastes spp.), perhaps giving them shelter to spawn their young.
Some common species of fish observed on and around cold-water coral reefs include: wolf fish (Anarhichas lupus), tusk (Brosme brosme),ling (Molva molva), orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus), monkfish (Lophius piscatorius), cod (Gadus macrocephalus) and many others.