A new Giant Coral from the Maldives

A giant Porites coral was reported from Noonu Atoll



A giant colony of  𝘗𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴, 30 meters in circumference, 8 meters wide and 5 meters high has been reported from Noonu Atoll, Maldives. Sitting at a depth of 11m, it was found on the 17th of March 2024.

This monumental coral is fully alive and belongs to one of the slowest growing coral species: it is very likely a centennial giant coral.

Map the Giants has a new monumental coral to study and protect thanks to Cecilia Maccanti. Cecilia, working as marine biologist in Noonu Atoll, bumped into this very large coral colony of 𝘗𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘴 sp. during a dive and reported it to us through our website providing unique data for our citizen science project.
Citizen Science is one of the best approaches to gather data on a large scale and this is one of the methods we are using to locate the giants in the Maldives. Thanks Cecilia!

Map the Giants corals marhe center bicocca noonu atoll
Map the Giants: a giant in Noonu Atoll, Maldives
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Published on: 20 April 2024