There is a line of thought among the marine scientific community that Kimbe Bay is probably where the first corals originated – a theory that has evolved as a result of the various surveys conducted to assess and quantify the bay’s biodiversity.
Do the math as they say… almost 900 species of fish, 10 species of whales and dolphins and 400+ species of stony corals.
To put that in a global perspective – in an area roughly the same size as California, it is estimated that Papua New Guinea is home to almost 5% of the world’s marine biodiversity.
Just under half of that fish fauna and virtually all of the coral species are to be found in Kimbe Bay.
In many ways the bay can be considered as a kind of fully stocked marine biological storehouse – truly a coral crucible…
My Kimbe Bay article called the Coral Crucible has just been published in the APNG in-flight magazine Our Way and is available for download on this LINK
I have also updated my site with several new pages as part of the location guide to Kimbe Bay and will be adding several more as I document the excellent conservation work that is being done to ensure the coral crucible stays pristine.