Seven New Species of Bamboo Coral Identified Off Hawaii


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This article states good news that seven new species of bamboo coral have been found off of Hawai'i, in the area now known as  Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument which is a Marine Protected Area about 140,000 sqaure miles.  This area officially became a U.S. national monument during the presidency of George Bush in 2006. The discovery of new coral species is a reminder of how much of th Ocean life in the vast area of the ocean is still remaining to be studied and how it is intergrated with our enviornment on the surface of the earth.  Perhaps future marines reserves, and studies throughout the Pacific will bring new information about our ocean ecosystem.