Rockall Bank: Scleractinian corals (Lophelia pertusa and Madrepora oculata) encrusting sponges (spongorites sp) and gorgonians.

During this research expedition, the team deployed instruments in the water column above the reef for one year to study the processes that govern the delivery of organic matter towards the deep reefs. In addition, they used targeted sampling of reef organisms by the remotely operated vehicle Genesis ( to determine how much and which food sources these organisms are utilising.

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