Changing Planet

Closer Look: Explorer Hits Deep-Sea Coral Jackpot

After having spent the greater part of 10 years searching for the rare deep-sea coral Desmophyllum, Rhian Waller has only found six throughout her entire career. However, the recent discovery of a phenomenon called “deep water emergence” has allowed biologists to reach deep ocean ecosystems in less than 80 feet of water. Here, in this shallow habitat, Rhain and her team have discovered hundreds of thousands of these Desmophyllum thriving in the fjords of the southern tip of South America.

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