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New coral reef discovered

Updated fredag 21 juni 2013 kl 17.32
Published torsdag 20 juni 2013 kl 17.13
The coral reef at Kosterhavet was already known, Photo: Länsstyrelsen

A 300 square meter coral reef has been found in a nature reserve off Sweden’s west coast. This makes it the second living reef to be found in Swedish waters.

The reef, 90 meters below the surface, had been thought to be dead when it was surveyed around the turn of the millennium.


But a team from Gothenburg University filming underwater in the nature reserve has discovered new Lophelia pertusa coral is growing on the reef.

At 15 by 20 meters, the reef is about the same size as the Säcken reef in Kosterhavet national park.

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