Pillar Coral (Dendrogyra cylindricus) - Although corals can catch small fish and plankton, using stinging cells on their tentacles, most corals obtain the majority of their energy and nutrients from photosynthetic unicellular algae called zooxanthellae that live within the coral's tissue. Such corals require sunlight and grow in clear, shallow water, typically at depths shallower than 200 ft.
The flag of Gabon is a tricolour consisting of three horizontal green, yellow and blue bands. Adopted in 1960 to replace the previous colonial flag containing the French Tricolour at the canton, it has been the flag of the Gabonese Republic since the country gained independence that year. The design of the present flag entailed the removal the Tricolour and the widening of the yellow stripe at the centre.
The voyage was carried out as part of the Census of Marine Life programme and was the last in a series of four annual voyages undertaken since 2007 Benthic holothurian (Peniagone diaphana ) from mid-Atlantic ridge station. Depth about 2,500m. Specimen caught swimming above sea floor