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Deep-sea Corals

Not all corals are found on island coasts in shallow seas. In fact, over half of all known coral species are found in deep, dark waters where temperatures range from 4-12°C (39-54°F). For this reason, we call these corals the "cold-water" or "deep-sea" corals. They are found all over the world.

Choose from the sections below to further explore ocean exploration education resources on deep-sea corals.


These selected ocean exploration lessons were developed by educators and scientists to demonstrate key deep-sea coral concepts. Lessons support the Next Generation Science Standards and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. (Note: The links provided in lessons are verified at the time of publication, but over time, may change or become obsolete.)

These items are only a selection of the educational materials highlighting deep-sea corals on our website.

For more lessons and background information explore the Deep Ocean Education Project Website.

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