There’s something about our gaudy marine invertebrates that keeps the big blue buzzing with exciting revelations. Suss them out in greater depth as Underwater360 brings you 10 amazing facts about corals.

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The Fungi sp. have single polyps that can grow to 25cm in diameter

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Palau is home to 525km² of coral reefs

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Coral larvae have to travel over 20 kilometres each year to keep pace with a 3°C temperature rise

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The Great Barrier Reef was first formed 15,000 years ago

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85% of Southeast Asian coral reefs are already under threat

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Bird’s Head Peninsula (Indonesia) hosts 72% of all coral species in the world

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Deep-sea corals can survive at depths of up to 6,000 metres

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Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll, boasts a total land area of 140km²

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At least 400 Biorock reef structures have been built in more than 20 countries

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The total economic value of Indonesia’s reefs is estimated at US$1.1 billion annually

For the rest of this article and other stories, check out our latest Asian Diver Issue 2/2014 Vol.131)  here or download a digital copy here.

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