|Image: S. W. Ross (UNCW)|
Most live at depths of between 200 and 1,000 metres (650 - 3,300 ft). Some live as deep as 3,000 m (9,840 ft), while others have been found paddling at a mere 40 m (130 ft)! That's like a puddle for them! It was in Norway though, so they were still keeping themselves nicely chilled.
|Image: Lophelia II 2009: Deepwater Coral Expedition: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks|
Polyps extended to capture plankton
Some of these reefs seem to have existed for tens of thousands of years and extend for several miles.
|Image: Lophelia II 2010 Expedition, NOAA-OER/BOEMRE|
Lots of Lophelia and Sea Anemones.
The Venus Flytrap ones are particularly outstanding.
I can almost hear "FEED ME!" from here!
No-one said it was easy in the cold and dark.
|Image: SERPENT Media Archive Project|