There’s so much more to this time lapse video than the growth of an Acropora cervicornis hitting the glass and then encrusting its entire surface. Over the span of more than two years, 734 days to be exact, we can see a daily progression in the interactions between Ricordea and watch their division, we can see some zoanthids growing over the base of a Gorgonia seafan as well as the incessant grazing of turbo snails and sea urchins.
We first shared the beginning part of this time lapse video a year and a half ago when it was only 198 days of coral growth. Since then Dave Lackland has been dutifully snapping away and we assume also keeping the glass clean. It is quite impressive to see how well this endangered staghorn coral grows at the tips and at the sprawling encrusting base.