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Australian scientists discover deep sea corals

3 January 2013

Source: AFP

A team from the University of Queensland's Seaview Survey announced the unprecedented discovery 125 metres (410 feet) below the surface at Ribbon Reef, near the Torres Strait and at the edge of the Australian continental shelf.

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, chief scientist on the project, said that coral had previously only been shown to exist to depths of 70 metres and the finding could bring new understanding about how reefs spawn and grow.

"What's really cool is that these corals still have photosynthetic symbionts that supposedly still harvest the light," said Hoegh-Guldberg.

For more, go to: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/9777265/Australian-scientists-discover-deep-sea-corals.html