"Bubblegum Coral"

"Bubblegum Coral"

A still image of Paragorgia, which is also known as "bubblegum coral" and brittle stars (ophiuroids).

Paragorgia, which is also known as "bubblegum coral," and brittle stars (ophiuroids) as seen from an ROV. Coral reefs, one of the most diverse—and fragile—ecosystems on the planet, provide vital habitat for a variety of marine life, acts as barriers to vulnerable coastlines during tropical storms, and generate billions of dollars in economic value via fishing and tourism.

IMAGE: Courtesy of ECOGIG