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What a find! Previously unknown reef discovered in Channel Islands

A reef that's been named Brennan Reef has been discovered in the Channel Islands.

Plans are underway to explore it.

There’s excitement in the marine research community about a new discovery in the Tri-Counties.

A previously unknown reef has been found in the Channel Islands.

The reef north of Santa Rosa Island rises about 100 feet off of the ocean floor. The top of the reef is about 60 feet below the ocean’s surface. Researchers are planning to better map, and explore it.

It’s been named Brennan Reef, after Rear Admiral Richard Brennan. The late admiral was involved in research programs like mapping the seafloor off of the West Coast.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.