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Stunning find discovered hiding in the ocean's 'twilight zone'

25 January 22

The ocean depths are as mysterious as the infinite abyss of space beyond our planet. 

Every time we dive beneath the waves, or those waves surface an unusual creature, we learn something new about the water covering more than 70% of Earth's surface. 

Only around 20% of the ocean floor has been mapped, according to UNESCO. That means there is so much more to be discovered. 

Scientists had a glimpse of what that may entail when they happened upon a remarkable marine rarity in November, found at previously unimaginable depths.

Until recently, very few scientists have had the technology to explore reefs below 30 metres

There may be a whole new world of undiscovered ecosystems in the ocean -- we just have to dive down to meet them. 

Within the ocean's "twilight zone," where just enough light can reach to sustain life, there is a perfectly pristine coral reef that stretches for nearly 2 miles (3.2 kilometers). 

The reef and its stunning rose-shaped corals were found off the coast of Tahiti. So far, it has been entirely untouched by the climate crisis. 

Warming oceans have been the cause of widespread coral bleaching, and scientists predict about 70% to 90% of all living coral will disappear in the next 20 years. Coral reefs are crucial to Earth's biodiversity, serving as a food source and a habitat for many ocean creatures. 

But the discovery of this reef provides hope. As divers spend hours uncovering its many wonders, the new reef could hold the secret to saving other endangered habitats under the sea.




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