Cuba’s Corals

Latest update September 1, 2018 Started on September 1, 2018
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Coral reefs encircle 98% of the border of the Cuban shelf and occupy an area of nearly 5,000 square kilometers. Cuba's southern reefs are the most pristine among the reefs of the entire insular Caribbean. Join us exploring these amazing ecosystems, from the shallow to the deep!

September 1, 2018
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Cuba supports the largest and most diverse coastal habitats in the insular Caribbean with barrier and patch reefs, extensive seagrass beds, mangrove forests, and islands. Coral reefs circle 98% of the border of the country’s shelf. Cuba’s southern reefs are among the last remaining marine wilderness areas in the world but there’s not been extensive research of the country’s reefs, particular their deep reefs. We are exploring three emblematic marine protected areas of Southern Cuba with underwater drones to collect spatial data on shallow and mesophotic coral ecosystems. Follow our work to learn about Cuba, see it’s coral reefs, and learn what a “mesophotic reef” is.

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