After twenty years documenting the biodiversity in the sea around the Azores islands, the Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation made their greatest discovery so far: a large cold-water reef exists just off the 1957-formed Capelinhos volcano at 900 m deep.

So far, the geologically new area was known for its weak biodiversity. No one was expecting to find so much wildlife just three miles off the coast. Joaquim Jakobsen from the Rebikoff-Niggeler Foundation stated that “it’s the largest reef we found in two decades of explorations. It’s more spectacular than anything we saw before. It’s a true garden! ”

Check out the RTP news story (in Portuguese) about this unexpected discovery at