Bubblegum coral, Paragorgia arborea, has a fluffy appearance when the feeding polyps are extended. These coral are nearly 6 feet in diameter. Researchers from MBARI and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary traveled to Sur Ridge to study the corals and sponges that grow on this fascinating underwater mountain. Learn more about what they found in these magical coral gardens: http://ow.ly/psXA306epZ0.
Source images captured by “ROV Doc Ricketts” at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. This model is a re-release of an existing model of the same area, but using newer software.