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‘Big Mushroom’ Coral Off Taiwanese Coast Toppled By Typhoon

If diving the “Big Mushroom” coral off Taiwan’s coast was on your bucket list, Typhoon Meranti, which struck the island nation last week, may have dashed that dream.

Local divers are saying the 33-foot/10-meter-high pore coral near Green Island off Taiwan’s east coast was toppled by the strength of the storm, which was the strongest to hit the area in 21 years.

The thousand-plus-year-old coral had been growing since the Song Dynasty.

Chuang Hui-fang, an official with Taiwan’s East Coast National Scenic Area Administration, said of the coral’s toppling:

“We were shocked to hear the news. It is a great pity. The magnitude of typhoons is getting bigger than before. It seems these unusual weather phenomenon are becoming increasingly common.”

The Big Mushroom was one of Sport Diver Magazine‘s “Top 20 Iconic Dives” for the Asia-Pacific region.

'Big Mushroom' Coral Off Taiwanese Coast Toppled By Typhoon
Taiwan’s ‘Big Mushroom’ coral before the storm
John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.