And there are fast-growing species such as the Staghorn coral
that can be "planted" on a three-strand rope, and then attached to a wire mesh bed that is submerged in shallow seawater.
In 1972,1 saw every type of coral imaginable: brain coral, club finger coral, elk coral, great star coral, pillar coral, staghorn coral
, table coral, and tube coral.
As Ken watched his beloved coral reef dying, he felt powerless to stop it, until the day he found staghorn coral
growing on rocks.
Grottoli's team tested two species of coral that are extremely common around the world, Acropora millepora, or staghorn coral
, and Turbinaria reniformis, or yellow scroll coral.
We bounce over the turquoise waves back toward the center and a staghorn coral
nursery that Bartels manages in the waters off Summerland Key.
Located about a mile off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, the NSU coral nursery is fostering re-growth and increased abundance of the threatened staghorn coral
species, Acropora cervicornis, which is likely to be soon listed as endangered under the U.S.
Acropora cervicornis (Lamarck, 1816), and elkhorn coral Acropora palmata (Lamarck, 1816), in particular, have undergone a precipitous decline that has culminated in these species being listed as threatened under the U.S.
We were heartened to see some staghorn coral
(Acropora cervicornis), which the camp director said was recently taking hold after cooler waters arrived to the reefs following a hurricane.
Mote Marine has spent about $100,000 annually in recent years on staghorn coral
Also blown to bits are peacock-colored squid--bejeweled with lapis and turquoise because of a symbiotic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria--at the base of massive, centuries-old brain coral; wobbegong sharks, carpeted with tawny tassels and whiskers; olive sea snakes, with lungs instead of gills, peering into my mask then swimming up ninety feet to breathe air; potato cod as big as my sofa; three hundred bigeye trevally drifting in a channel, silvery as mica, resolute as sentries; acres of staghorn coral
that give way to seagrass, where a hawksbill turtle rests.
Snorkelers and SCUBA divers come from all over the globe to see the park's colorful reefs and species like endangered staghorn coral
. But climate change is wreaking havoc on water temperatures, bleaching coral and destroying key habitats.