Scientists find reef’s most diverse coral site
Researchers say they have found the most diverse coral site recorded on the Great Barrier Reef. Great Barrier Reef Legacy, a non-profit organisation that conducts research trips on the reef, and the scientist Charlie Veron, known as the godfather of coral, recorded at least 195 species of corals in a space less than a third of a mile long on an expedition last month.
The group first stumbled upon the site on a voyage last year, and returned in November to conduct studies. Veron returned with the group to record the corals and is to write a paper on the site. He said it was located in a general area that had been affected by widespread coral bleaching and coral mortality, and it would take further work to assess why this particular spot had survived so far.