If coral reefs are the rainforests of the seas, then the Coral Triangle is the underwater equivalent of the Amazon.
In this region that’s half the size of the United States and passes through six countries (the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Timor Leste), there are more marine species than anywhere else on the planet.
The Coral Triangle can claim an impressive list of superlatives – it’s home to 76% of all known coral species, more than 3000 species of fish and 6 out of 7 of the world’s turtle species.That’s why the bioregion isquickly gaining a global profile as one of the planet’s most valuable natural assets, comparable to the Amazon. Just as the Amazon is the figurehead of the world’s rainforests – the so-called lungs of the earth – the Coral Triangle is developing iconic status as a marine treasure – the wellspring of the world’s oceans.
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