george v

george v

Cold-water corals from Antarctica

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This Errina sp. hydrocoral community was discovered in 2007-2008 during the Collaborative East Antarctic Marine Census (CEAMARC) onboard the RV Aurora Australis. These corals, sponges and brittlestars blanketed the seafloor on the upper continental slope off George V Land in a depth of about 770 metres. The camera was attached to the benthic dredge used here to collect rock samples and marine specimens. This imagery was later used to designate two areas on the slope as Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) and now closed to bottom fishing by CCAMLR.