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Gold coral

This coral is one of the animal species with the longest life expectancy. Skeletons of this animal have been found with up to 2,700 years of age!!!

Savalia savaglia has a wide depth distribution occupying depths between 20m to 600m. It is yellow in colour, and can grow up to 2m high, and 14cm diameter. It can colonize skeletons of other species of gorgonian as Paramuricea or Eunicella. It lives in areas with currents, needing them to capture the plankton it feeds on.

They can be seen all year round along the Istrian coast and in Portofino Marine Protected Area.

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Gold coral