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Cape Lookout
Several fish and invertebrate species were observed during this dive. The dive began on dense rubble with Helicolenus dactylopterus, Laemonema spp., squid, and scorpaenids. Scorpaenids and Nezumia spp. were observed in rubble and hard coral habitats. The dominant coral in the area was Lophelia pertusa and was colonized by Echinus spp., numerous galatheids, and brittle stars.
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Cape Fear Lophelia Banks
The entire dive took place over a dense Lophelia pertusa reef made up of primarily dead L. pertusa boulders and rubble. Only about 5-10% of the coral observed was living. Cup corals were abundant on the dead L. pertusa, while sponges and soft corals were rare. The most common mobile invertebrates were Eumunida picta and brittle stars. A single Rochinia crassa was observed and collected. Flytrap anemones and basket stars were observed occasionally.
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