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Three Ways You Are Connected to Deep-Sea Coral
Seapen Grove in the Gulf of Alaska.
Bamboo coral in Hawaii
Deep-sea coral landscape off the coast of Florida.
Deep-sea corals are home to important commercial fish species such as grouper, snapper, sea bass, rockfish, shrimp, and crab.
|2. New Medicines|
Deep-sea corals play an integral part in advancing medicine. Chemicals found in deep coral and sponges have been used in treatments such as bone grafts and cancer medications.
|3. The History of the Deep|
Scientists have dated living deep-sea corals to be more than 4,000 years old and have radiocarbon-dated dead corals to be more than 40,000 years old. Like oceanic fossils, their skeletons can tell scientists about temperatures and other ocean conditions of the past.
Three Ways You Can Help Protect Deep Sea Coral
2. Make seafood choices that support wise and sustainable fishing practices.
3. Reduce the amount of carbon you add to the air.