Deep Sea Black Corals

The deep-water environment found off the west coast of Florida proved to be a good habitat for diverse deep-water coral communities. Black corals (or Antipatharians) are a group of branching corals often associated with deep reef habitats. Although their exterior flesh is usually red, white, or orange, their internal skeleton is black. Black corals can live to for thousands of years. In fact, a colony from the Gulf of Mexico was aged to be more than 2000 years old. In this storyboard, information about black corals in the Gulf of Mexico were presented. View storyboard