Video: Reef builders

© Yann Chavance / Fondation Tara Expéditions

26 October 2016

After leaving Tahiti in early October 2016, the schooner sailed through the Tuamotu Archipelago of French Polynesia. During this leg of the Tara Pacific expedition, scientists are studying an organism essential to the life of the coral reef: coralline algae. Aboard Tara, the biologist Laetitia Hédouin (CRIOBE) describes the close links between coral and these encrusting algae which play a key role in the formation of colonies, especially for the fixation of coral larvae.

 

 

© Yann Chavance /  Fondation Tara Expeditions

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