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In this undated photo released by Science Advances, Cladocora caespitosa coral polyps are seen underwater near the Columbretes Islands in the Mediterranean SeaIn this undated photo released by Science Advances, Cladocora caespitosa coral polyps are seen underwater near the Columbretes Islands in the Mediterranean Sea (AFP Photo/Diego K. Kersting)

Washington (AFP) – For the first time ever, scientists have found corals that were thought to have been killed by heat stress have recovered, a glimmer of hope for the world’s climate change-threatened reefs.

The chance discovery, made by Diego K. Kersting from the Freie University of Berlin and the University of Barcelona during diving expeditions in the Spanish Mediterranean, was reported in the journal Science Advances on Wednesday.

Kersting and co-author Cristina Linares

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