Scuba divers found a new species of intensely red coral in Peru’s Paracas National Reserve. The colonies are roughly the size of a hand and were found at depths of up to 82 feet.
The species is named Psammogorgia hookeri after Yuri Hooker, a biologist and naturalist at the Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University in Lima, Peru.
Paracas National Reserve and Peru’s other marine protected areas are still largely unexplored. "With logistical support from the Peruvian National Protected Areas Service, we're beginning to discover the amazing biodiversity of corals and marine invertebrates in the Peruvian Pacific," said Yuri Hooker.
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