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The reefs and underwater world- a fascination

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Guihiamliu Riamei | Updated on: 19 Jun 2018, 03:18:13 PM

New Delhi:

The Underwater world never cease to fascinate. From exploring the shallows of the coast to diving deeper into the ocean waters, the underwater world has it all for you. But, little do people realise that explorations and expeditions have a great impact on the marine environment as much as the fascinations for it. 

Many coral reefs are challenged by the rising sea levels that leaves tropical coastlines exposed to increased erosion and flooding risks. Coral reefs are home to many marine animals. 

Here are coral reefs found in India:

Often called as ‘underwater Tropical Rain Forest’ for its pristine beauty, Gulf of Mannar is home to over 4,000 species of flora and fauna. It lies between the southeastern tip of India and the west coast of Sri Lanka. 

Main attraction of Gulf of Mannar includes the medium-sized marine mammal ‘Dugong’. It has over 1,100 species of fish and 800 species of molluscs to name a few.

Gulf of Kutch is more than just a sneak peek to the underwater world. With 42 islands on the Jamnagar coast is sure to enthral you. These islands are paradise to birdwatchers. Of 42 islands, 33 have coral reefs to mesmerise you even without diving into the depth of the sea. Best time to visit is from end of October to February end. 

Lakshadweep island located some 400km off India’s west coast into the Arabian Sea is known for the enticing beaches and lush green landscape. It has 36 islands with three reefs. 
The ‘hundred thousand islands’ has emerged as one the most potential water sports destination in India. 

The Andaman Islands are the perfect place to chill. The Andamans has something for every visitor- from trekking to deep sea diving. With 572 islands, Andaman Islands are among the 4 major coral reefs regions of India.

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First Published : 19 Jun 2018, 03:17:45 PM