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Newly identified Hawaiian coral can live for over 4,000 years

Scientists at NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History say they have discovered a species of black coral that can live to be more than 4,000 years old, making it the oldest marine organism living on Earth.

Leiopathes annosa, which looks golden brown and has the typical tree-like structure of the genus, is found at depths of 1,000 to 1,600 feet throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including in the protected waters of Papahanaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM).

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