Monday, December 11, 2023 News

What lurks beyond our shores?

by Leslie Bogstad

I’m sure you already know lots about the many fascinating creatures that live under the waves off South Carolina, like whales, dolphins, and sea turtles. But how much do you know about the largest deep-sea coral reef in the world, just 200 miles off the coast of Charleston? Over the next several months, we’ll be diving deeper into this colorful world and we invite you to join us!

Images courtesy of the NOAA

Over 2,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean lies the Stetson-Richardson Reef Complex, an intricate and diverse marine ecosystem. This underwater utopia was discovered in 2018, and five years later, more continues to be uncovered about this little-known wonder of the world.

This reef complex is home to a diverse number of corals, crustaceans, and fish species. Some of the tallest and largest deep-sea coral structures in the world thrive here!

Over the next several months, we’ll be talking deep-sea corals, like those found along the Stetson-Richardson Reef Complex!  Come along as we share information on the Complex, and the oceanography, biology, and ecology that facilitates deep-sea coral habitats off the coast of South Carolina.

In early February, you’ll be able to test your knowledge and show off all that you’ve learned about deep-seal corals at an Under the Sea Trivia Night! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more details.

Can’t wait to start learning more? Check out our webpage on deep-sea corals.


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