New coral reef discovered off Brazil

by Owen James

Containing lots of marine species only found in Brazil, the country’s Abrolhos Bank reef was already considered one of the world’s most important. And now scientists have realised they missed a bit.

You might wonder how exactly they failed to notice a new coral reef, especially as it’s big enough to double the size of the existing Abrolhos Bank network.

The answer is depth – these reefs, which sit as far as 120 miles off the coast, are also in waters varying from 20-70 meters in depth. The new structures were discovered using a special sonar technique that creates a 3D image of the ocean floor.

The scientists reckon the new reefs have 30 times more life diversity than the already known, shallower Brazilian reefs. Let’s hope somebody slaps a preservation order on them before an industrial fishing fleet moves and turn the lot to cat food.

See Science Daily for more on the new Brazilian reefs.

Check out Katy's Tropical Fish Guide for more aquarium info.

Get our latest articles direct by email. Type in your address and submit:

{ 0 comments… add one now }

Leave a Comment

You can use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Previous post: Chinese selling live goldfish in keyrings as Olympic souvenirs

Next post: Terry Siegel’s reef aquarium catches fire