Gorringe Bank


The impressive Gorringe Seamount is located about 250 km southwest of Cape San Vicente. Its summit is located about 30 meters from the surface and its base is over 5,000 meters deep, so you can find a variety of species living in areas near the sea illuminated surface to those living in dark depths. In addition, due to its geographical location, species native to both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea call it home. In 2005, during Oceana’s last expedition to the area, onboard the Oceana Ranger research catamaran, the organization identified around 36 species that had never been previously documented in the seamounts of the Northeast Atlantic. The results were published in the report ‘Seamounts of the Gorringe,” which makes an initial characterization of this submarine elevation and has served as inspiration for other, more recent scientific research.

oceanaIn the 2011 Expedition, Oceana documented over one hundred species with the help of an underwater robot (ROV). In 2012, Oceana found some species whose existence in the Gorringe Bank was unknown, such as black coral, hydrocoral, dogfish and bird’s nest sponges, but also litter and abandoned fishing gear.

The diversity of species, the high number of endemic species, as well as the high productivity around the Gorringe makes this one of the most unique seamounts in the East Atlantic, and its protection must be considered as urgent.


Check out the interactive map on Google Earth: bit.ly/1hnf5mC





Gorringe Bank, a treasure in Portuguese waters (Flickr Album)

Gorringe Bank, a treasure in Portuguese waters / Banco del Gorringe, un tesoro en aguas portuguesas


Gorringe Bank through the lens of the ROV (Flickr Album)

Gorringe bank through the lens of the ROV / El Banco del Gorringe desde el ROV


Portugal: Algarve and Gorringe seabed (Flickr Album)

Portugal: Algarve and Gorringe seabed / Portugal: Fondos marinos del Algarve y Gorringe


Gorringe Bank: 2005 Ranger expedition (Flickr Album)

Gorringe Bank: 2005 Ranger Expedition




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January 5, 2015

January 29, 2014

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October 5, 2005

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November 16, 2011