Distinctive corals of the Atlantic
Despite being the only reefforming coral in UK waters, Lophelia pertusa doesn’t have a common name. This beautifully branched coral species can be white, pink or orange. It is found in much of the north Atlantic, Mediterranean and Caribbean.
Pink sea fan
The pink sea fan, also known as the warty coral, has a skeleton made of calcium carbonate and protein. It can only grow on other hard structures such as rock and wood. It is found in the northeast Atlantic Ocean and the western Mediterranean.
Dead man’s fingers
Not to be confused with the species of fungus with the same name, dead man’s fingers is also a colonial coral species. Found in reefs in parts of the Atlantic and off the coast of North America, the coral forms in flesh-coloured finger-like lobes.