Depth Range: 217-682 feet (66-208 meters)
Distance from Land: 121 miles (195 km)
Area: 4.6 square miles (11.9 sq km)
Elvers Bank sits at the very edge of the continental shelf and harbors a variety of habitats. It was named after Douglas J. Elvers, a Minerals Management Service (now BOEM) geophysicist.
This site includes mesophotic habitat dominated by black corals, octocorals, fish, sponges, algae, and invertebrates.
It also includes an algal nodule field dominated by a small orange/red sponge, which provides 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, which are rare throughout the region.