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Colony of deep-water Lophelia coral in the Baltimore Canyon off the U.S. East Coast.

Colony of deep-water Lophelia coral in the Baltimore Canyon off the U.S. East Coast.

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Saving deep, dark corals

Out of sight, but not out of mind. Marine scientists today are surveying corals that live on the deep, dark sea floor off the U.S. Atlantic coast—even as a government advisory committee considers new measures to protect these once-overlooked ecosystems from fishing boats that drag nets across the bottom. "These are fragile and beautiful creatures in areas that are just beginning to be explored," Joseph Gordon of the Pew Charitable Trusts told The Baltimore Sun.

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