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Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, the Philippines

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 28)

Abstract

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is in the center of the Coral Triangle between Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It is the only coral atoll in the Philippines and consists of North and South Atoll, 8 km apart, and Jessie Beazley Reef, 20 km north. The site is the locus of the world’s greatest coral diversity and is one of the few remaining examples of a highly diverse near-pristine coral reef, with a spectacular 100 m perpendicular wall, an extensive lagoon, and two coral islands. It is also a unique example of an atoll reef with a very high density of marine species. Its huge assemblages of fish, marine mammals, and seabirds are invaluable to science as a wildlife refuge and field laboratory and a dive site of exceptional quality and beauty.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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  1. 1.Federal University of Ceará StateFortalezaBrazil

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