Think of coral reefs and you imagine warm, shallow tropical seas, not the cold, dark waters of the deep ocean. Now the deep ocean's best-kept secrets are being revealed - ancient coral ecosystems hidden from view at great depths. is an information resource on the cold-water coral ecosystems of the deep ocean.

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Caribbean corals of the deep

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Many of us imagine corals living in warm, tropical waters like those in the Caribbean. But what many of us don’t know is that the Caribbean has the highest number of species of deep-water scleractinian corals in the western hemisphere. More than 75% of the Caribbean Sea region is covered by waters >500 m water depth, but our knowledge of deep-sea biodiversity in the Caribbean remains poor. brings you a new case study on the deep-water corals of the Caribbean, courtesy of Dr Lea-Anne Henry. Learn about the species in these waters, and see a spectacular video which shows the diversity of corals from 400 to 700 meters deep.