On March 20th we make our first exploratory dive of Canal Copihue and come across the heartbreaking sight of the millions and millions of fragments of dead corals.
The channel is shallow compared to the surrounding channels and it bottoms out at about 20 meters. In the deepest part of the channel all you see are dead individuals, now with some anemones growing on them. Near the eastern and the western limits of the channel, it opens up into two larger bodies of water and we found some magnificent corals still alive. These are the largest specimens of this type that any of us have seen in our lives, measuring about 40 cm across.