Scientists with the Wildlife Conservation Society have discovered a refuge for coral reefs and marine life off the coast of East Africa, where species are thriving despite the warming temperatures plaguing the ocean and its inhabitants.

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Described in Advances in Marine Biology, study author and lead WCS coral scientist, Dr Tim McClanahan- who has been looking for coral sanctuaries in the west Indian Ocean for more than a decade- says, “This area off the coast of Tanzania and Kenya is a small but vibrant basin of marine biodiversity. Our study shows that while warming waters may devastate surrounding reefs, this area could become an incredibly important sanctuary where marine species big and small will flock to find refuge from climate change. If well protected, this key transboundary marine ecosystem will remain a jewel of biodiversity for the entire East African coast.”

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