Some of our greatest natural treasures lie just off our doorstep. Located only 130 miles from Boston, the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts have been known for their dizzying abundance of marine life for decades (they are even nicknamed "the Serengeti of the Atlantic") and yet very little of them have been explored. And it's not just life at the surface that thrives: deep below, within chasms deeper than the Grand Canyon, are corals that are hundreds of years old that are the foundation for remarkably diverse ecosystems. On the second anniversary of the Canyons' designation as a Marine National Monument, OceanX's research vessel the Alucia took a voyage to observe Lydonia Canyon up-close and in-person for the first time. What we saw were incredible deepwater corals, very different to the kinds that live in warm, shallow waters, and species specially acclimatized to living hundreds of meters under the water. This was the first mission from a new partnership between OceanX and Bloomberg Philanthropies to dedicate $185 million to the protection and exploration of our oceans over the next four years.