Scientists discover 85 miles of deep-sea coral reef off Atlantic Coast

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Researchers on board the research vessel (RV) Atlantis have discovered a deep-sea coral reef about 160 miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.
According to HuffPost, a human-operated submersible named Alvin was deployed from the RV Atlantis, and its cameras discovered enormous cold-water coral populations about 0.5 miles below the ocean surface.
Scientists used Alvin to explore the reef and collect coral samples on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24.

The team found large amounts of Lophelia pertusa, a branching, whitish coral found in cold waters.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), L. pertusa can survive in deep-seas by using stinging tentacles to stun its prey and guide food into its stomach.
The corals found by the Atlantis were located about 16 miles to the northwest of corals found earlier in the summer by the NOAA RV Okeanos Explorer.

The coral-covered area explored by the Okeanos and the Atlantis run for an estimated 85 miles, layered with massive, rocky piles of dead coral likely accumulated over many thousands of years, according to expedition lead scientist Erik Cordes, reported HuffPost.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. RV Atlantis lowering the ALVIN submersible into the water
2. Alvin submersible locating coral on ocean floor
3. Alvin submersible collecting coral samples
4. Alvin submersible taking more coral samples

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Researchers on board the research vessel Atlantis have discovered a deep-sea coral reef about 160 miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina."
"According to the HuffPost, by deploying a human-operated submersible named Alvin from the RV Atlantis, cameras discovered enormous cold-water coral populations about 0.5 miles below the ocean surface."
"Scientists used Alvin to explore the reef and collect coral samples on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24, and found large amounts of Lophelia pertusa, a branching, whitish coral found in cold waters."
"The corals found by the Atlantis were located about 16 miles to the northwest of corals found earlier in the summer by the NOAA RV Okeanos Explorer. The coral-covered area explored by the Okeanos and the Atlantis run for an estimated 85 miles."

SOURCES: HuffPost, Live Science
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/scientists-discover-giant-deep-sea-coral-reef-off-atlantic-coast_us_5b81c298e4b0cd327dfd415e
https://www.livescience.com/63442-new-coral-reef-found.html