The Bush Administration is interested in creating a National Monument off the US Southeast Coast to protect deep water coral. From the Charlotte Observer:
Scientists are just beginning to explore deep-water coral reefs, possibly millions of years old, that stretch from North Carolina to Florida. They form pristine oases, alive with fish, crabs and weird creatures that one researcher says “look like Dr. Seuss went crazy down there.”
The discoveries have caught the attention of the Bush administration, which is reported to be interested in protecting 25,000 square miles of reefs off the Southeast as a national monument.
Note: The image above is part of a slide show titled "Treasure Under the Sea."