11 Jul '18, 7pm

Divers find stunning coral forests around Sicily's underwater volcanoes

The Aeolian Islands north of Sicily are volcanic islands surrounded by waters filled with underwater volcanoes. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a popular tourist destination, but the waters around them haven't received much attention from researchers. That was until Oceana, an international organization devoted to protecting and restoring the oceans of the world, launched a one-month expedition into these waters. Exploring seven different areas around the Aeolians, Oceana researchers found many types of coral, some of them critically endangered, and habitats shared by a variety of sea creatures, including sharks and loggerhead turtles. Regrettably, they also found signs of human activities that were negatively impacting the ecosystem.

Full article: https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/bl...

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