Over the past few years, we’ve been hearing and reading about how corals in the Mediterranean Sea are dying off due to human activities and global warming.
Every once in a while, though, scientists discover little pockets of corals that appear unblemished by those effects.
One such example is a 3,000-square-foot/279-square-meter underwater cave off the French coast, where researchers found a pristine Mediterranean red coral garden, according to National Geographic.
While the cave was discovered seven years ago, the scientists’ findings were published this week.
Marine biologist Joaquim Garrabou says:
“During my twenty-five years as a marine biologist, I’ve never seen something like this.”
To learn more, check out the photos on National Geographic’s website at nationalgeographic.com.