Environment

Hidden Forest of Bamboo Coral May Be 1,000 Years Old

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

NOAA scientists discovered this hidden forest of bamboo coral 7,500 feet deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Bamboo coral is common in deep waters, and this colony could be nearly a thousand years old. They can grow on steep cliff sides and use their fans to catch food that floats by. The researchers were surprised to find them so densely grouped together.