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Cold Dark Secrets: Discovering Alaska’s Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges

March 16, 2021

Pam Goddard, Vanessa Lowe, Rachel Wilborn, Pat Malecha, and Jerry Hoff at NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, WA

Did you know that corals live in the deep, cold waters of Alaska? Come learn about deep-sea corals and sponges, and their importance for underwater communities in Alaska. We will talk about how we study these cold water creatures, how they have adapted to this environment and how they eat and grow.

Resources to access at home:

» Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges of Alaska (Story Map)
» Deep-Sea Corals and Sponge Research in Alaska
» Coral Forests of the Deep (2 min video)
Deep-Sea Coral Habitats (National)
» NOAA Deep-Sea Coral Data Portal (Digital Map & Database – Worldwide)
» National Marine Sanctuaries (America’s West Coast)