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Images: Colorful Corals of the Deep Barrier Reef

ROV Expedition

ROV at Great Barrier Reef

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A researcher lowers a remotely operated submersible vehicle into the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

Ribbon Reef

Scuba diver in Great Barrier Reef

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A scuba diver swims among colorful fish and coral in the northern Great Barrier Reef's Ribbon Reef. Researchers exploring the deep edges of the reef recently found coral living at 410 feet (125 meters).

ROV at Ribbon Reef

ROV at Great Barrier Reef

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The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) sits on a cliffside at Ribbon Reef in the northern Great Barrier Reef.

Deep Coral

great barrier reef coral

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Coral was found lower than ever seen before in the Great Barrier Reef. The corals are four times deeper than most scuba divers can dive.

Deep Coral Reef

Deep-sea great barrier reef coral

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The corals are found in a place that is difficult to explore because of bad weather.

Deep Great Barrier Reef

Deep-sea great barrier reef coral

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Deep corals found in the northern Great Barrier Reef.

Deep Coral

Deep-sea great barrier reef coral

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At 410 feet (125 m), these corals are the lowest ever seen at the Great Barrier Reef, though many non-light-dependent corals can survive at thousands of feet below the ocean surface.

Coral Specimen

Coral specimen from Great Barrier Reef

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A single specimen of coral brought up from 410 feet (125 m).

Coral Specimen

A coral from the Great Barrier Reef

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The coral is of the genus Acropora, a common reef coral.

Research Team

Great Barrier Reef coral

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The expedition team celebrates their collection of the deep coral specimen.

Flat Coral

Flat deep corals, Great Barrier Reef

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A shallower dive reveals how corals spread flat at depth to catch more light.

Stephanie Pappas
Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii. Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. Follow Stephanie on Google+.