Scientists from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) discovered last Thursday (20) one of the largest coral reefs in the world, during a mission in Tahiti. The reef is located between 30 and 65 meters below sea level, is about 3 kilometers long and 65 meters wide, and is distinguished by its unusual pink shape.
“To date, we know the surface of the moon better than the depths of the ocean. Only 20% of the entire sea floor has been mapped. This remarkable discovery in Tahiti demonstrates the remarkable work of scientists who, with the support of UNESCO, “know what lies beneath,” declared UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay.
Until then, the vast majority of the world’s known corals were at depths of up to 25 metres, so the discovery highlights the possibility that many other large corals may be found there, at depths of over 30 metres. Known as the twilight zone of the ocean, it is very little explored.
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Watch the video of the rare coral reef discovered by UNESCO:
So far, only a few scientists have been able to locate, investigate and study coral reefs less than 30 meters deep, but the good news is that current techniques allow for deeper diving, so it is only a matter of time before more knowledge is gained about that. Show us the bottom of the sea. To give you an idea, there are countless known animals (especially very different from what we’re used to) hiding in the depths of the ocean.
UNESCO says the team that went to Tahiti needed to dive about 200 hours to study the discovered coral reefs, and the idea now is to dive and investigate more and more over the next few months.
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