'Magical' massive coral reef discovered deep below surface in Tahiti 'twilight zone'

'Magical' massive coral reef discovered deep below surface in Tahiti 'twilight zone'

1/20/2022 7:15:00 PM

'Magical' massive coral reef discovered deep below surface in Tahiti 'twilight zone'

Humans and climate change are killing the world's reefs. The latest discovery of one of the largest deepwater reefs offers hope they can survive.

By Li CohenJanuary 20, 2022 / 10:05 AM/ CBS NewsDeep underwater in the ocean's twilight zone feet below the surface, lies a community of bioluminescent fish, squid, octopuses and jellyfish. Off the coast of Tahiti, divers found that the mysterious, dim-lit zone is also home to species that typically need sunlight and shallow warmth to thrive — coral. 

A group of scientist divers discovered a massive reef of rose-shaped corals between roughly 98 and 213 feet below the Pacific Ocean's surface near French Polynesia's Tahiti islands, UNESCO announced on Thursday. The reef, discovered in"pristine" condition in November, stretches nearly two miles long and 200 feet wide. The rose-shaped corals are giant, measuring up to more than 6.5 feet across. 

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Rare, pristine coral reef found off Tahiti coastDeep in the South Pacific, scientists have explored a rare stretch of pristine corals shaped like roses off the coast of Tahiti. The reef is thought to be one of the largest found at such depths and seems untouched by climate change or human activities. cool, now you've given all the adventure hipsters with money to burn a new bucket list travel destination. Place will be total shit in two years. here come the influencers....

Rare, pristine coral reef found off Tahiti coastDeep in the South Pacific, scientists have explored a rare stretch of pristine corals shaped like roses off the coast of Tahiti. The reef is thought to be one of the largest found at such depths and seems untouched by climate change or human activities. Laetitia Hédouin said she first saw the corals during a recreational dive with a local diving club months earlier. fragile beauty?

Pristine coral reef discovered in deep water off the coast of TahitiA spectacular coral reef has been found between 35 and 70 metres below sea level near Tahiti, and it seems to be in good health despite the global biodiversity crisis And she's poking it already. Should have kept it quiet. The absence of human visitors has probably helped.

Pristine coral reef discovered in deep water off the coast of TahitiA spectacular coral reef has been found between 35 and 70 metres below sea level near Tahiti, and it seems to be in good health despite the global biodiversity crisis And she's poking it already. Should have kept it quiet. The absence of human visitors has probably helped.

Rare, pristine coral reef found off Tahiti coastDeep in the South Pacific, scientists have explored a rare stretch of pristine corals shaped like roses off the coast of Tahiti. The reef is thought to be one of the largest found at such depths and seems untouched by climate change or human activities. Laetitia Hédouin said she first saw the corals during a recreational dive with a local diving club months earlier. fragile beauty?

Rare, pristine coral reef found off Tahiti coastDeep in the South Pacific, scientists have explored a rare stretch of pristine corals shaped like roses off the coast of Tahiti. The reef is thought to be one of the largest found at such depths and seems untouched by climate change or human activities. cool, now you've given all the adventure hipsters with money to burn a new bucket list travel destination. Place will be total shit in two years. here come the influencers....

"Magical" massive coral reef discovered deep below surface in Tahiti"twilight zone" By Li Cohen January 20, 2022 / 10:05 AM / CBS News Deep underwater in the ocean's twilight zone feet below the surface, lies a community of bioluminescent fish, squid, octopuses and jellyfish. Off the coast of Tahiti, divers found that the mysterious, dim-lit zone is also home to species that typically need sunlight and shallow warmth to thrive — coral.  A group of scientist divers discovered a massive reef of rose-shaped corals between roughly 98 and 213 feet below the Pacific Ocean's surface near French Polynesia's Tahiti islands, UNESCO announced on Thursday. The reef, discovered in"pristine" condition in November, stretches nearly two miles long and 200 feet wide. The rose-shaped corals are giant, measuring up to more than 6.5 feet across.  Divers document a massive coral reef found in the Pacific Ocean's"twilight zone."  @alexis.rosenfeld - Lacaz'a productions It's believed to be"one of the most extensive healthy coral reefs on record," UNESCO said. "We know the surface of the moon better than the deep ocean. Only 20% of the entire seabed has been mapped," UNESCO Director General Audrey Azouley said in a news release."This remarkable discovery in Tahiti demonstrates the incredible work of scientists who, with the support of UNESCO, further the extent of our knowledge about what lies beneath."  The finding, as UNESCO said, is"highly unusual," as coral tends to grow in depths of up to about 82 feet, where the water is warmer and receives more light. Divers logged roughly 200 hours of time underwater to study the reef, UNESCO said, essentially going into uncharted territory.  Deep coral reefs have not previously been able to undergo extensive studying because of the available diving tools. But divers now have the necessary tools to dive longer at greater depth, and are planning to continue studying the area. Alexis Rosenfeld, one of the divers who explored the reef, said in a Facebook written in French that the reef is akin to the work of a"great seamstress." In a statement, he added that"it was magical to witness giant, beautiful rose corals which stretch for as far as the eye can see."  "It was like a work of art," he said.  UNESCO said on Twitter that the discovery is"a great leap forward" for science, as it was found as part of the organization's efforts to map the ocean.  A scientific research mission supported by has discovered one of the world's largest coral reefs off the coast of Tahiti. This highly unusual discovery is a great leap forward for