[Coral-List] new mesophotic reef discovered in Tahiti
william.precht at gmail.com
Tue Jan 25 15:08:14 UTC 2022
As a follow-up to the post by Dennis Hubbard - There is a reef off Moorea
FP relatively close to the Gump Station called the Rose Garden. I dove
this reef at depths between 100-200 feet with Sal Genovese and Jim Leichter
about a decade ago - It looked identical to these recent photos from
Tahiti. Like the reef off Tahiti that Dennis described, I was also amazed
at the bottom currents at those deep depths. Unfortunately, in a recent
conversation I had with Peter Edmunds, he told me that this deep beauty off
Moorea was impacted by COTS and then a few years later by a major typhoon.
Let’s hope this reef off Tahiti can stay healthy well into the future.
On Tue, Jan 25, 2022 at 3:26 AM Dennis Hubbard via Coral-List <
coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:
> Hi Doug:
> The article isn't clear on specifically where this "discovered" reef is, so
> I'm not arguing that this is hype. However, I distinctly remember
> organizing a group dive on a very similar reef about 10km east of the ICRS
> meeting venue when the meeting was in Tahiti... and in 30 meters of water..
> One of my greatest surprises was seeing a "shallow-water branching-coral
> reef" at those depths. However, on reaching the bottom we were swept back
> and forth about 30m at a time by the huge (and, more important, long-period
> ground swell. I remember it vividly because my dive buddy was Paul Enos,
> one of the early pioneers of understanding paleo-reef systems from a
> geologic perspective. I remember Paul's wife asking me on the dock to "look
> out for him" and thinking, "are you kidding"?
> If anyone does know where this reef sits on the south shore, please let me
> know. This was like seeing "an old friend".
> Giant pristine coral reef discovered off Tahiti
> On Sat, Jan 22, 2022 at 8:36 AM Douglas Fenner via Coral-List <
> coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov> wrote:
> > Very high coral cover, reef goes from 100 feet down to 230 feet, reef is
> > miles long.
> > https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-60047368
> > Video of the reef:
> > Cheers, Doug
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