Scientists discover new species of coral in Northwest Hawaiian Islands

Scientists have identified seven new species of bamboo coral discovered thousands of feet below the ocean surface.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says six of the seven species may represent entirely new genera, which it called a “remarkable feat,” given the broad classification a genus represents.

The coral was discovered in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument using a submersible research vessel in 2007. Scientists expect to identify more new species as analysis of the samples continues.

The mission also discovered a coral graveyard. Scientists estimated the death of the community occurred several thousand to potentially more than a 1 million years ago, but did not know why the community died.

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