Coral reefs in Ireland

Date: 27/07/2009

During a recent deep-water expedition National University of Ireland’s Galway researchers, confirmed the existence of a major new coral reef province on the southern end of the Porcupine Bank off the west coast of Ireland. It covers 200 sq.km (193 km) with 40 coral reef covered carbonate mounds. These underwater hills rise up to 100m above the seafloor. Expedition leader Dr Anthony Grehan said it is the most pristine, thriving and spectacular examples of cold-water coral reefs he’s encountered in Irish waters.

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