Rare Coral Reef Is Discovered Off Tahiti’s Coast

Divers discover a 2-mile stretch of rose-petal-shaped corals said to be in pristine condition.

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Scientists have found a rare and pristine 2-mile stretch of coral shaped like rose petals off the coast of Tahiti

Divers discover a 2-mile stretch of rose-petal-shaped corals said to be in pristine condition.

Jan. 20, 2022 7:11 pm ETTechnological advancements that allow scuba divers to reach deeper waters helped a team of scientists find and study a rare and pristine coral reef off the coast of Tahiti.The reef, stretching across about 2 miles in the South Pacific and in apparent robust health, is a valuable discovery that will yield new information about the state of coral growth in a previously unmapped part of the ocean, according to Unesco, the United Nations culture and heritage organization

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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. Sometimes there is good news somewhere on this planet.

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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 unblemished by warming oceans found off TahitiScientists have discovered a pristine, 3-km (1.8-mile) long reef of giant rose-shaped corals off the coast of Tahiti, in waters thought to be deep enough to protect it from the bleaching effects of the warming ocean.

'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.

Giant pristine coral reef discovered off TahitiCoral reefs are among the ocean's most threatened ecosystems - vulnerable to pollution, rising sea temperatures and the change in chemistry caused by carbon-dioxide emissions dissolving in the water.

Ginger.AdamsOtis@wsj.com Jan. 20, 2022 7:11 pm ET Technological advancements that allow scuba divers to reach deeper waters helped a team of scientists find and study a rare and pristine coral reef off the coast of Tahiti. The reef, stretching across about 2 miles in the South Pacific and in apparent robust health, is a valuable discovery that will yield new information about the state of coral growth in a previously unmapped part of the ocean, according to Unesco, the United Nations culture and heritage organization that supported the dive expedition . Divers had to be equipped with special tanks and other equipment to reach the flourishing, rose-petal-shaped corals some from 100 feet to 230 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, Unesco said. Corals shaped like rose petals have been found in waters off the coast of Tahiti. Photo: Alexis Rosenfeld/Associated Press The reef might have been protected because it is growing in an area of the ocean that scientists call the “twilight zone.” Its deeper waters mean more-consistent temperatures and less exposure to human activity. Laetitia Hédouin, a scientist from France’s National Center for Scientific Research who was present on the mission, said she first learned of the reef’s existence from a local diving club that took her to see it. “It was astonishing,” Ms. Hédouin said in an email. “I am a little more hopeful for the future of the reefs, when I discover areas like that.” While coral reefs cover about 0.2% of the seafloor, they support at least 25% of marine species, as well as offering protection from coastal erosion, according to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, which studies reef ecosystems. From 2009 to 2018, the world lost roughly 13% of its hard coral , mainly because of overfishing, pollution and warmer waters, the network said in its 2020 report. A coral reef in pristine condition was discovered in the South Pacific. It is thought to be one of the largest found, as deep as 230 feet beneath the ocean’s surface. Photo: Alexis Rosenfeld/Associated Press Until recently, divers could only spend about 10 minutes on average at a depth of 100 feet. The deeper the water, the longer it takes for a diver to descend and then slowly return to the surface. That leaves little time for work on the ocean floor if a diver is using a regular tank, according to Mark Eakin, a former oceanographer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who studies corals. “It’s really an exciting thing to find these kinds of reefs,” said Mr. Eakin, who wasn’t a part of the mission. “We don’t know a lot about them.” Audrey Azoulay, director-general of Unesco, said the reef’s condition suggests that there could be other coral ecosystems waiting to be found. “To date, we know the surface of the moon better than the deep ocean,” she said. “Only 20% of the entire seabed has been mapped.” Unesco said its team was able to spend a combined 200 hours studying the corals, including watching some of them spawn.