Researchers have discovered a giant 10.4-meter-wide coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia.
It’s the largest coral ever found in the Great Barrier Reef, researchers said Friday, with a height of 5.3 meters and the sixth highest known coral in the entire reef. Scientific Reports in a scientific journal.
James Cook University in Douglas County writes that the 400-year-old stone or block of coral found near Orpheus Island belongs to the Burrits group of flowering animals, and 30 percent of its surface is covered with sponges and algae. Adam Smith led by his research team.
Burrit’s coral growth is mostly related to average sea surface temperature, based on what researchers believe the giant corals are growing by 1.21 cm per year. It follows that his lifespan could range from 421 to 438 years, which means he was born long before Europeans researched Australia and its inhabitants, the researchers wrote.
The Australian Institute of Marine Sciences (AIMS) estimated the age of the oldest flowering animals at 436 years at the 328 Burrits reef sites studied, making the specimen now discovered one of the oldest on the Great Barrier Reef.
The massive coral mass was named by scientists as Muga Dhambi, which means great coral in the indigenous manbarra language that inhabited the area. Moga Dambi seems to have fortunately survived the 99 reef bleaches that have plagued the Great Barrier Reef since 1575, and appears to have been unharmed by the 46 tropical storms recorded in the area between 1858 and 2008.
Among the explorers are a 17-year-old giant coral and Charlie Veron A world-renowned coral expert has discovered 20 percent of the world’s coral species.