30 Mar 2013

New type of coral found in Fiordland

8:44 am on 30 March 2013

Marine scientists have discovered new forms of feathery soft coral known as sea pens hidden in the undiveable depths of remote Fiordland.

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research and Department of Conservation scientists used a remote-controlled operated vehicle with cameras to locate the specimens.

They were found at a depth of 80 metres in Acheron Passage near Dusky Sound in the South Island.

NIWA says the sea pens are luminous and it is the second time scientists have found new species while exploring the depths of Fiordland.