3D printed corals

19:40, 13 September 2016

Grandson of a famous oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau will print coral reefs on a 3-D printer.

Fabien Cousteau Foundation starts the project on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, near the coast of Venezuela.

This is a popular spot for diving, and there the local administration is trying to stimulate the growth of corals to save the underwater life from the impact of human activities, pollution and climate change.

Using three-dimensional printing researchers plan to make artificial reefs from the same minerals which form the natural reefs.

Corals in the ocean grow from shells and polyps, they are an indispensable environment for living, reproduction and feeding of many species.