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The sea fan Paramuricea sp. with the symbiotic brittle star Asteroschema sp.

The sea fan Paramuricea sp. with the symbiotic brittle star Asteroschema sp. This apparently healthy coral was observed during the first leg of the October 2010 cruise at approximately 360 meters depth and over 450 kilometers away from the site of the Deepwater Horizon.

Image: Lophelia II 2010, NOAA OER, and BOEMRE, copyright WHOI
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