Scientists Discovered Main Long Living Sea Inhabitant

07.07.2015

New type of black corals found in the Pacific Ocean struck American scientists for their ability to live up to four thousand years. This record is not beaten by any marine life.

Despite the fact that Leiopathes annosa relates to black corals, its color is golden brown. It resembles a branching tree, and is found at depths of 300-500 meters in the area of ​​the Hawaiian Islands.

Specialists of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Museum of Natural History (USA) received samples of this species, after plunging onto ocean depth on a deep water vehicle "Paysis."

Scientists Discovered Main Long Living Sea Inhabitant

Coral age was determined like the age of the trees growing on the land - by exploring the growth rings. Radiocarbon analysis showed that corals had turned more than 4 000 years. The name for the new species was not chosen by chance: in Latin annosa means survivor.