Manu’a Islands Massive Coral Heads

Date: 31/12/2010

In 16m off Samoa’s Ta’u Island are colonies of massive coral heads (Porites) believed to be one of the largest and oldest in the world. The coral heads are domed shaped, circular at their bases and sit atop a platform of dead coral skeletons. The largest of the Ta’u coral heads measures 7.6m tall and 41.1m in circumference. Scientists estimate the coral heads are between 360 to 800 years old, though they maybe even older. http://fagatelebay.noaa.gov

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