Friday, April 17, 2009

The world's largest forest of rare black coral found in Mediterranean

Black coral. Photo: ISPRA  

Hidden Treasures in the The Strait of Messina

A new survey of the Mediterranean sea bed discovered what is thought to be the world's largest black coral forest, a rare species. It's located in the strait of Messina, between Italy and Siciliy, in the Mediterranean sea. "Using an underwater robot, marine biologists at Italy's Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) found almost 30,000 colonies of Antipathella subpinnata coral at a depth of between 55 and 100 meters (180 and 328 feet)."...

The World's Largest Forest of Rare Black Coral Found in Mediterranean

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