A 3km undisturbed, pristine coral reef was found off the coast of Tahiti, in waters considered deep sufficient to guard it from the bleaching results of the warming ocean.
The reef, which is without doubt one of the largest on the earth and took about 25 years to develop, lies at depth of greater than 30 metres, termed the ‘twilight zone.’ This discovery gives hope that extra pristine ecosystems are ready to be found within the depths of the ocean.
Solely 20% of the whole seabed has been mapped in line with UNESCO scientists. ‘It additionally raises questions on how coral reefs grow to be extra resilient to local weather change,’ says UNESCO’s head of marine coverage, Julian Barbarie.
The world’s most well-known coral reef, the Nice Barrier Reef has suffered extreme bleaching to an estimated 80% of its corals since 2016.
In response to Barbarie, extra of the ocean flooring must be mapped to higher safeguard marine biodiversity, as a result of ‘we all know extra in regards to the floor of the Moon or the floor of Mars than the deeper a part of the ocean.’
Watch the video beneath to get a glimpse of this spectacular discovery.
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