Scientists have discovered extensive, ancient deep-sea coral reefs within the Galápagos Marine Reserve (GMR)-the first of their kind ever to be documented inside the marine protected area (MPA) since it was established in 1998. The reef, found at 400-600 meters (1,310-1,970 feet) depth at the summit of a previously unmapped seamount in the central part of the archipelago, supports a breathtaking mix of deep marine life.
Observations were made using the newly upgraded human-occupied vehicle Alvin. Daniel Fornari, marine geologist, and Emeritus Research Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) is a co-lead on the expedition. Read the full press release at whoi.edu.