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Great Barrier Reef: scientists discover 400-year-old giant coral

21/08/2021 09:20 AM | Click to read full article

At 10.5 metres wide, four centuries old and twice the size of its nearest cousin, an “exceptionally large” coral has been discovered on the Great Barrier Reef – the widest known in the area. The coral is 5.3 metres tall, “hemispherical in shape”.

It is roughly the length and height of a modern double-decker bus. It is thought to have spawned on the reef between 421 and 438 years ago.