A team of marine scientists have uncovered a 10-meter-high coral colony that is thought to be over 600 years old. The discovery was made by scientists and environmentalists working for The Red Sea Development Company south of the kingdom’s Al-Waqadi Island.
According to the research team, it’s the first of its type in the Red Sea. They determined the colony’s age by measuring the size and number of rings on it, as well as the existence of submerged redwood trees.
Scientists working on the project will now use the colony to learn more about how the region’s coral reefs have evolved through time. They’ll also be able to see how the temperature of the ocean has altered.