[Coral-List] News item: cruise ship runs onto Indonesian coral reef

Douglas Fenner douglasfennertassi at gmail.com
Sat Mar 11 17:15:33 EST 2017

Cruise ship crashes into one of the most biodiverse coral reefs in the


(I note it says that "And coral reefs in general are often thought
be the most biodiverse of any ecosystems on earth."   At the species level,
which is the level at which "biodiversity" is usually discussed, tropical
rainforests have far more documented species than coral reefs (mainly
because they have insects).  It is true that at the phylum level, coral
reefs have more animal phyla than tropical rain forests, but that's not
what people usually mean by "biodivesity."
    I also note that this was small as cruise ships go.  Only 102
passengers, 79 crew and 4,290 tons, while cruise ships can have up to 5,400
passenges and over 2000 crew and weigh 225,000 tons.
    The "Cruise Critic" article linked to,
http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=7608 said that the reef it hit
was uncharted, and that the ship was refloated on the next tide.)

Cheers,  Doug

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