Italy’s First Coral Reef Discovered

A rare type of coral reef has been discovered off Italy’s southern coast. Scientists believe the reef to be about 1.5 miles, it may stretch tens of miles along the coastline.

Why the discovery now? The reef is mesophotic—meaning, it has low levels of light, a condition that isn’t ideal for coral to grow. Various colors of coral are in the reef and official designation of the area as a coral reef is pending. Actions are already in play to protect the find.

Soon, you should be able to add Monopoli’s coral reef to your diving bucket list. 

Source: Conde Nast Traveler