When researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (Havforskningsinstituttet) were testing methods for finding coral, they discovered a large coral reef outside Stord.
Bukkarevet, which is the name of the reef, is the largest documented coral reef in western Norway.
“Assuming that 20 meters elevation of what we see in the videos are coral, it means that the reef is at least 4,000 years old,” marine scientist Tina Kutti estimates in a comment on the Institute’s website.
The reef lies at Bukkaskjeret on the threshold of the Hardangerfjord and extends several hundred meters in each direction. It is just within the boundaries of the Environment Agency’s protection area Ytre Hardangerfjord.
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