Discovery Made By ROV
It was a deepsea reef with dimensions comparable with the Great Barrier Reef. The momentous discovery was made when the oceanographers sent down a ROV to depths of 30 to 100 metres, with the intention of filming and mapping the underwater landscape. But what they saw were ocean habitats and ecosystems so extensive that it reminded them of the Great Barrier Reef.
rich in fish and life.
“The park is actually known and famous for its scenery above water, we have no idea what is actually living in the depths of the sea,” said Steffan Howe, a marine scientist at Parks Victoria.
Well, no doubt this discovery will encourage more divers to visit the marine park!
Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park
The National Park is located southeast of Melbourne (Web: parkweb.vic.gov.au). The marine park is less than 230 kilometres from Melbourne's CBD, but most Victorians are probably unaware of what lies in its waters. With its spectacular underwater landscapes, steep granite rocks and deep-sea sponges, it is a haven for divers. Its islands are home to colonies of small penguins, seabirds and sea lions. Covering an area of 15,550 hectares and with a coastline of 17 kilometres, it is the largest national marine park in Victoria, Australia.
Videos of the new discovered reef:
This is the underwater beauty of Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park, recently filmed by a robot working in its
deepest waters. The footage it captured, in water as deep as 95 metres, has revealed marine communities
which scientists say are equivalent to the beauty of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef.
Publication of Videos by courtesy of Parks Victoria