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Destination Reefs: Aldabra, Indian Ocean

By Leonard Ho - Posted Dec 18, 2011 07:00 AM
In this week's Destination Reefs, we trek far west to Aldabra. Aldabra is the world's second largest coral atoll and is located in the Western Indian Ocean north of Madagascar. This beautiful coral reef is uninhabited and extremely isolated, thus pristine and teeming with life.

Because of the great geological separation, coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean may look different than those of the Pacific, which aquarists are more familiar with.  While the biodiversity is not as high as that of the Indo and South Pacific, Indian Ocean is still a tropical wonderland.  In the second half of the video, we are treated to outstanding footage of underwater life at the base of a mangrove forest.

This video is shot and produced by Dan Beecham.

The Destination Reefs video series showcases the diversity of coral reefs around the world.  Through these high quality videos, Advanced Aquarist hopes we can all gain a greater appreciation of reef life beyond our glass boxes.  Our world is truly a wondrous place!

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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