Bottom Depth Range: 230-675 feet (70-206 meters)
Elvers Bank sits at the very edge of the continental shelf and reaches a depth of about 206 m (675 ft). This site habors a variety of habitats.
Mesophotic communities are dominated by black corals, gorgonians, fish, sponges, algae and invertebrates.
An algal nodule field visited during ROV operations was dominated by a small orange/red sponge that provided habitat for at least one dwarf frogfish – a species rarely seen in this part of the Gulf of Mexico.
Interesting fields of sea pens and yellow stalked crinoids have been documented here, as well as outcroppings covered in glass sponges. These are long-lived animals and are rare throughout the region.
Elvers Bank was named after Douglas J. Elvers, a Minerals Management Service geophysicist.