Latest Black coral Stories

2011-03-31 13:50:00

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports that coral living at the site of the busted BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is 2,000-year-old. The federal scientists say that this is the first time they had determined the age of the black coral in the Gulf. Scientists had been studying the ancient slow-growing corals before BP's well blew out on April 20, 2010.  The corals were found about 21 miles northeast of the BP well living 1,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf. "They're...

2010-10-21 09:18:08

Researchers at the Hawai"˜i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB), an organized research unit in the University of Hawai"˜i at Mānoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology have made a remarkable new discovery. When most people envision coral, they typically think of shallow-water reef-building corals found along beaches and tropical nearshore habitats. These "typical" corals are dependent upon photosynthetic algae (also known as...

2009-10-08 13:11:00

United States and European Union to Seek Trade Protection for Imperiled Species. LONDON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SeaWeb's Too Precious to Wear campaign hailed today's announcement that the United States and the European Union will seek international trade protection for red and pink coral. "This decision is a major step toward safeguarding the future of these species and the livelihoods that depend on them," said Dawn M. Martin, president of SeaWeb. The European Commission...

2009-09-25 13:00:00

Decision hinges on outcomes of Mediterranean red coral workshop, held in Naples this week. WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SeaWeb's Too Precious to Wear campaign and WWF are urging European Union member states to support a request from the United States on the regulation of trade in red and pink coral, saying it would be "a major step forward in protecting some of the most sought-after species in the ocean." The push for support comes at a workshop on the species this...

2009-03-24 08:53:32

U.S. biologists say some deep-sea corals off the Hawaiian coast are much older than once believed and might be the oldest living marine organisms. Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Stanford University and the University of California-Santa Cruz used radiocarbon dating to determine the age of the coral. They discovered the Geradia sp., or gold coral, specimens were 2,740 years old and Leiopathes sp., or black coral, specimens were 4,270 years old -- the oldest living...

2009-03-24 09:44:47

Deep-sea corals from about 400 meters off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands are much older than once believed and some may be the oldest living marine organisms known to man. Researchers from Lawrence Livermore, Stanford University and the University of California at Santa Cruz have determined that two groups of Hawaiian deep-sea corals are far older than previously recorded. Using the Lab's Center for Accelerator Mass Spectrometry, LLNL researchers Tom Guilderson and Stewart Fallon used...

2005-02-10 07:41:06

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Scientists have discovered a new species of coral off the southern California coast that flames like a pink and white Christmas tree as well as a new species of worm that lives off it. Milton Love, a marine biologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and colleagues from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made the discoveries in 2002 while making fish surveys hundreds of feet below the Channel Islands. Samples of the coral were...

Latest Black coral Reference Libraries

2012-04-03 14:42:56

Antipatharia are a family of tree-like black corals related to sea anemones. They are usually found in the deep sea, but are also found rarely in dark shallow water areas such as New Zealand’s Milford Sound where they can be viewed from an underwater observatory. Their occur mainly in the tropics. Although black corals’ living tissue is brilliantly colored, the animals get their name from the distinctive black or dark brown color of the skeleton. Also unique to black corals are the...

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