Shallow water fish found in deep Hawaii reefs •

Shallow water fish found in deep Hawaii reefs


Today’s Video of the Day comes from a new study performed by marine biologists from Washington State University. For the first time, the team of researchers have documented a large number of shallow water fish in the “vastly unexplored” deep coral reefs near Hawaii’s Big Island.

The findings provide a more accurate understanding of fish species living off the coast of Big Island, but also have larger implications for coral reefs around the world.

“These efforts show that deep coral reefs provide essential habitat for many shallow coral reef fishes,” said Cori Kane, a doctoral student at WSU. “With shallow coral reefs around the world in jeopardy, these deep reefs might play important roles to conserve reef fish biodiversity.”

By Rory Arnold,

Source: Washington State University, Cori Kane

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