Exploring mesophotic reefs in Hawaii • Earth.com

Exploring mesophotic reefs in Hawaii


Today’s Video of the Day from the University of Washington describes an expedition to the largest known coral reef in the mesophotic zone, located off the coast of Maui, Hawaii.

Through a series of submersible dives, the researchers used a robotic arm to collect specimens. The team observed a surprising amount of life in an area that receives less than one percent of the light that is available at the water’s surface.

“Because mesophotic corals live close to the limits of what is possible, understanding their physiology will give us clues of the extraordinary strategies corals use to adapt to low-light environments,” said study lead author Jacqueline Padilla-Gamiño, an assistant professor in the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: Kiyomi Taguchi/University of Washington

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