Coral reef discovered in the Seychelles

Date: 2/12/2008

Researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences discovered an unknown coral reef in the Seychelles. Dr Dave Smith and Dr Dave Suggett visited Curieuse Island as part of an ongoing study in conjunction with the Earthwatch Institute. They were joined by PhD student Seb Hennige as well as local Seychelles collaborators. The island is home to over 200 giant tortoises but it was thought no coral reefs were present. Diving revealed an extensive coral reef to the south of the island, at a depth which would not be visible to the occasional snorkeller.

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