The Great Barrier Reef is full of wonders, which do not cease to surprise scientists with their beauty and diversity. Now, one marine biologist has discovered a new such wonder, which might be of immense help in the fight for the preservation of corals. The miraculous discovery consists of a blue waterhole of stunning beauty, which shelters dozens of coral colonies.
The blue waterhole abounds with life
Johnny Gaskell was the one who found the lagoon colored in sapphire blue. He was amazed to discover the wonderful shelter where live is thriving, and the most wonderful species of coral stay protected. The incredible diversity of specimens made Gaskell think the blue waterhole had been unknown until now, and he is determined to keep the location secret at the moment.
He was able to reach the blue waterhole and enter it about one after the high tide started. His explorations revealed it should measure around 150 meters from one end to another, and its depth should be of about 20 meters. However, he suspects the hole might be deeper than it seemed, so ne wants to go and explore it again.
The haven might be the key for saving the entire reef
He thinks this pristine blue waterhole is a key place for the health of the entire reef, as it abounds in life. Therefore, it is important for the ecosystem to remain undisturbed. This is why he wants to keep the location of the hole secret, since too many visitors would seriously affect the balance of the corals.
The blue waterhole has not been safe from disasters. It had to suffer a cyclone of Category 4 which passed near the area, and the temperature of the water has been increased over the past century. Even so, the corals managed to preserve their health. Now, Gaskell hopes this location will be the key for possible recolonization attempts, in an effort to recover the damages produced in other areas of the reef.
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