Australian scientists were stunned when they found a huge coral reef on the Great Barrier Reef that is taller than the Eiffel Tower.
This is the first such discovery in over 120 years of ocean exploration. The reef was found to be healthy and thriving.
The reef is nearly 500 meters tall (1,640 feet tall) and 1.5 kilometers wide (almost 1 mile wide).
Watch as healthy Clownfish and new species of fish, hatchetfish, silvertip, and grey reef sharks, swim in the thriving coral reef.
The reef, now called ‘The Blade Reef’ was found about 130km off Cape York, Australia’s most north-eastern tip.
The reef was discovered by the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel. Which is hoping to find even more discoveries on its 12-month exploration of the ocean surrounding Australia.
The institute founded by ex-Google boss Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy.
“We are surprised and elated by what we have found,” said Dr. Beaman. “To not only 3D map the reef in detail, but also visually see this discovery with SuBastian is incredible.
“It’s a big reef not to have known about,” Tom Bridge, the expedition’s principal investigator, said.
“What it highlights is how little we know about a lot of the ocean, even the Great Barrier Reef.
The discovery is likely to lead to years of study as scientist can fully assess what the ocean was life before climate change is damaged the wider ocean.
Major Boost To The Great Barrier Reef
The discovery comes after research earlier this month found that the Great Barrier Reef had lost more than half its coral in the last 30 years.
The rise of the earth’s temperature has been the major catalyst in the decline in the Great Barrier Reef.
Climate change has made events such as marine heatwaves more common. These events result in bleaching, and the death of large chunks of the reef.
The Blade Reef shows us what we can get back and enjoy if we look after our oceans.