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Rare corals found off Big Island

LAST UPDATED: 01:07 a.m. HST, Jan 31, 2014

KAILUA-KONA >> A state research team has discovered a coral species that's new to the main Hawaiian islands.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Wednesday that a team of divers along the Kona coast came across a large number of coral colonies they had never seen before.

It turned out to be the first record of the coral in the main Hawaiian islands.

Senior biologist Bill Walsh led the dive team. He says the discovery will help understand local reef diversity and opens up speculation about what other rare corals may be found on Big Island reefs.

The state says the presence of this rare species in the main Hawaiian islands emphasizes the need for local marine and land-used conservation practices.

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Waimea_Cowboy wrote:
Sounds like another environmental territory grab is coming from the university people.
on January 30,2014 | 05:49AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Why is this not an invasive species?
on January 30,2014 | 08:01AM
Slow wrote:
It is GMO coral, brought to the islands by Norm Chow using Obamacare money. Scientific discovery is always very bad. Better stay out of the water around the island of Hawaii.
on January 30,2014 | 08:19AM
bluemoki wrote:
So what is this rare coral species' name? Poor reporting, lack of info, where was it found previously and why is it considered rare.
on January 30,2014 | 09:57AM
ezridah wrote:
i hope they weren't glowing !
on January 30,2014 | 10:49AM
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