Cruise ship crashes into one of the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world

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The dreamy beauty of a coral reef in Southeast Asia has been partially damaged by a massive, 4,290-ton cruise ship called the Caledonian Sky .

On Saturday, the ship crashed into a popular diving site called Crossover Reef, which holds some of the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world, located in West Papua province, environmental news outlet Mongabay reports .

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It reportedly managed to smash some 17,000 square feet of coral in an area previously pristine enough to be considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s expected it’ll take nearly 10 years for a full recovery from the incident. Now local officials want the British-owned cruise ship company to pay for the damage. Read more…

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