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New Species Found in Protected Waters of Monument

This lemon yellow bamboo coral is one of the species seen for the first time in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument during a recent research cruise. This lemon yellow bamboo coral is one of the species seen for the first time in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument during a recent research cruise.
The "cauldron sponge" a never seen before giant sponge was spotted from the Pisces V, a submersible operated by HURL on a recent research trip to the Monument. The "cauldron sponge" a never seen before giant sponge was spotted from the Pisces V, a submersible operated by HURL on a recent research trip to the Monument.

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Researchers discovered a new deepwater coral and sponge beds in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.

The new species, a lemon yellow bamboo coral tree and a giant sponge the team dubbed, the cauldron sponge, were found thousands of feet below the surface last month. 

The monument is protecting extensive deepwater resources that researchers are only starting to learn about in the last few years.

Small parts of the new species and other corals and sponges were collected and preserved for taxonomic identification and DNA analysis.

Photos courtesy of PMNM

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