Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) is a flagship species in the Caribbean and an important reef building coral. Elkhorn can grow to several meters across and several colonies are able to grow and fuse together forming extensive fields.
Unfortunately, this coral is endangered and it’s quite rare to see large areas of Elkhorn reef. But we are counting our lucky stars because yesterday we had the opportunity to visit just such a place. The Elkhorn Reef at Punta Sal Honduras has over 1200 colonies of A. palmata all growing in the shallow water surrounding the point.
The reef covers several kilometers and is located just a few dozen meters from shore. But don’t just take my word for it, check out this 360 video we shot using the 360Fly camera. If you click the round navigation arrows in the top left corner of the screen you can use your keyboard arrows to navigate around the screen. Or pop it into VR mode and dive into the experience.