The Corals of the Mediterranean - Oceana USA

Report | March, 2004

The Corals of the Mediterranean


Occupying 1.1 percent of the surface of the world’s oceans and 0.3 percent of all salt water, the Mediterranean no longer shelters the great coral reefs that thrived 60 million years ago. This is due to millennia of climactic and oceanographic changes. However, even today this sea harbors a spectacular array of corals, including some which are not found anywhere else.