Recently, researchers made quite a discovery on Australia’s most magnificent reef — The Great Barrier Reef. They found millions of new corals ready to be explored. The corals will also offer worthy insights to support the preservation and administration of Australia’s unique World Heritage site.
The University of Technology Sydney, King Abdullah University of Science Technology, and James Cook University teamed up for intriguing research. They realized a 21-day journey starting from the Capricorn Bunkers to the Thursday Island.
“On almost every dive we were finding new species of corals that have never before been accurately described and classified,” said Dr.Francesca Benzoni from KAUST.
The team unveiled that one of the most significant discoveries is “Acropora Hyacinthus,” which was thought to be a single species, now is possibly part of five various species. One of them has a minimal geographical extent.
Scientists Announced That The Great Barrier Reef Presents New Corals
Professor Andrew Baird from James Cook University, detailed: “Understanding the diversity of species on the reef underpins virtually every area of research and conservation.”
The research journey will allow more insights to begin a steady understanding of the coral variety and their distributions on the reef. Also, this discovery will boost up the preservation process and management of the Great Barrier Reef, and it will show how many corals species are present.
As for the species never seen before, the team is enjoying now a wealthy new material to study. So, we could say that the end of their journey is the beginning of a new project, which will proceed to define and classify this treasure trove formally.
Australia is known as one of the guardians of the world’s most significant coral reef arrangement, the Great Barrier Reef. As researchers succeed in discovering more and more important pieces of the reef, it is also good for us to understand its importance and secure it.