Discovery of 12 million little solitary corals at Ningaloo
The ‘Goldilocks’ Zone…
During the September 2017 deep reefs field trip, the Ningaloo Outlook team made a discovery, millions of solitary corals stretching across the sea floor!
The discovery was made possible with the Starbug-X, CSIRO’s very own Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. These little beasties covered a distance of over 2.5 kilometres which was 100 metres wide in places. The corals live unattached, feeding off sunlight and plankton and were found in waters depths of around 40 meters.