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Weird Tales for Halloween: Dead People Give Life to Coral Reef

We’ve heard of coral dying, but did anyone imagine that dead humans could be an inspiration to keeping reefs alive?

That’s just what’s been described in the National Geographic News story  “‘Bodies’ Make Up Fake Coral Reef. Statues of dead people were dropped into the sea to form the framework for living corals. This story and more than a hundred like it have been gathered into the new National Geographic book “Tales of the Weird: Unbelievable True Stories”. Drawing forom the most popular stories published online over the past decade, the book gathers oddball scientific research reported by National Geographic.

Heat-sensing vampire bats, zombie ants, and the albino cyclops shark are just a few examples of how the real world can be scary.

12418031_10153900711084116_8462971761216697621_nDavid Braun is director of outreach with the digital and social media team illuminating the National Geographic Society’s explorer, science, and education programs.

He edits National Geographic Voices, hosting a global discussion on issues resonating with the Society’s mission and major initiatives. Contributors include grantees and Society partners, as well as universities, foundations, interest groups, and individuals dedicated to a sustainable world. More than 50,000 readers have participated in 10,000 conversations.

Braun also directs the Society side of the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

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  1. Andy Grogan
    December 23, 2012, 11:59 am

    Rather desparate for someone to read you article are you. A statue isn’t a dead person and you’re a ghoul for using a headline like that.

  2. Mary Ellen Sandahl
    New Jersey
    November 8, 2012, 1:53 pm

    Na, it is a bit confusing. But there were never any actual dead bodies involved in this project — just statues of people who had passed away. It would be a great way to pay a memorial tribute to a nature-loving relative or friend, if you had the resources to first have a statue made of them, and then transport it to some coral reef area!

  3. Na
    November 1, 2012, 10:34 pm

    I’m confused, where are the dead people? In all the vid and the link it the info was only of sculptures of people, not dead people

  4. 7th grade kid
    new york
    October 31, 2012, 2:06 pm

    this was cool and i found it interesting that the remains of dead people supported a corral reef