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WATCH: The Most Curious Grouper, My Favorite Dive Experience in Cuba

Curious Grouper I went to the Gardens of the Queen in search of rare corals, but little did I know, I would be leaving with a crush on a grouper. The curious groups in the Gardens of the Queen are fins…

Magnificent Elkhorn Coral Habitat, Gardens of the Queen, Cuba

Acropora palmata, the Elkhorn Coral, is the king of all Caribbean Coral Reef species. Acropora palmata grows into thick robust branches and is the most important reef-building species in the Caribbean. Acropora palmata was once a dominant species in the Caribbean but unfortunately, there has…

Reef Walls, Sharks, Tarpons, and More! Los Mogotes Dive Site, Cuba

Los Mogotes Dive Site If I had to pick a favorite dive site in Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen, Los Mogotes would definitely make it into the top three. As I edit my way through my Cuban photo collection, Los…

Scolymia Coral Spotting in the Gardens of the Queen, Cuba

Scolymia Coral Spotting Scolymia is a large polyp coral species that lives a solitary life. There are two species of Caribbean Scolymia, the larger Scolymia lacera, and smaller Scolymia cubensis and you can learn to identify both by clicking the links above. While…

Scuba Diving With Silky Sharks In Cuba

Silky Sharks – Gardens of the Queen Picture this, your dive boat approaches a buoy where shallow turquoise reef drops off to meet deep dark azure blue. The captain turns off the engine and ties up. Within seconds, sleek gray shadows…

Porites cylindrica Habitat Found Around The Island of Rao

Porites cylindrica Porites, porites, porites, this is a common coral genus found in all the worlds oceans. Porites is a hardy coral growing in a number of forms, and to identify this coral genus you just have to repeat the…

50 Reefs Around The World That Could Survive Climate Change

Coral reef ecosystems around the world are facing serious threats from the impacts of rapid climate change. Rising ocean temperatures are causing corals to bleach and die at an alarming rate and it is estimated that 70–90% of the world’s…

‘Spider’ Frame Technique Proven To Help Restore Coral Reefs

A study published in the journal Restoration Ecology has shown that degraded reef habitats can be rehabilitated over large scales using a spider frame technique. These frames are relatively inexpensive to build, and light enough to easily transport and install on…

Get Ready for Rao! Scuba Diving in North Maluku Indonesia

The Island of Rao Indonesia We visited the island of Rao earlier this year to check out a brand new dive lodge named Magic Bay Rao Beach Bungalows. Everything about Rao is magic, from the lush coral reefs to the legends and…

Fragbox Corals Reef Aquarium Store in Toronto Canada

Fragbox Corals Fragbox Corals is a reef aquarium store based in Toronto Canada, offering a wide selection of rare and colorful coral fragments. This small shop has a simple sign outside stating “corals” and blacked out windows and an alluring…