Sci­en­tists find reef’s most di­verse coral site

The Guardian - - WORLD - Lisa Cox

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.

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