The researchers conducting studies on the various habitats of the Gulf of Mexico reportedly explored many centuries old bamboo coral community. These corals were accidentally discovered by the scientists of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) settled in the regions deep inside the Gulf of Mexico while they were charting the seafloor.
The research was made with the help of a remote-operated submersible (ROV) near about seven thousand five hundred feet down. As estimated by the scientists involved in the expedition, the corals are nearly hundred years old. One among the study researchers said that it was a magnificent coral garden that they discovered and that corals similar to that density had never been spotted before.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had undertaken a Gulf of Mexico exploration of three months in December in the year 2017. The main objective of the expedition was scrutinizing the deep regions under the water and mapping the seafloor. The scientists of NOAA reportedly undertook a distinct twenty-three days exploration in between April 2018 and May 2018. The focus of the twenty-three days program was to explore the habitats inside the Gulf of Mexico. The researchers reportedly collected many significant data, images, and videos of the various underwater regions. In the special expedition, they explored “deep fish habitats, deep coral communities, shipwrecks,” and many other kinds of creatures inside the deep waters. This was reportedly the final expedition of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration into the Gulf of Mexico for the year 2018.
Bamboo corals, scientifically termed as household Isididae, are collections of tiny creatures known as polyps, which feed themselves by filtering more tiny creatures such as planktons. The bamboo corals’ skeletons appear to be tree-like branches that are created from calcium carbonate.
The expedition found that the delicate bamboo corals not just need a proper facility to grow but also to feed themselves. The NOAA shared a video captured during their expedition which brought to light that the marine creatures deal with the current scenario for optimizing their possibilities to filter the other tiny creatures. Both deep and shallow water corals need an adequate amount of food to survive in a given environment.
The researchers regard the deep waters as a genuine gold mine. Many unchartered things are discovered in those regions that supply the researchers with essential substances for further studies. The NOAA researchers have said that as of now, they have only checked out five percent of the deep sea region and there are many surprises to unfold with time.