Coral Identification

Learn To Spot Coral Diversity: Coral Growth Forms

Learn to Spot Coral Growth Forms Corals are the foundation of the marine environment, but the diversity of coral species often gets overlooked. Looking for corals can be overwhelming. There are so many different shapes, sizes and colors to look…

Spot The Difference Between Hard Coral and Soft Coral

The Difference Between Hard and Soft Corals It may seem simple enough, one is soft and one is hard, but can you really spot the different between these two distinct groups of coral? The biggest difference, as the name implies,…

Mystery Corals of the Caribbean: Porites

Now, this is a question I must ask my most serious coral loving colleagues. How to tell the difference between all these Porites corals? *Looking to solve the mystery scroll to the bottom for Mystery corals, first is a description…

Up Close And Personal With Caribbean Coral Macro Photography

Caribbean Coral Macro Photography It’s easy to swim right past coral colonies while scuba diving. Perhaps you notice their shape or stature, but few divers will get up close and personal and start observing corals at a macro level. Depending…

Top 10 Corals to Spot in the Gardens of the Queen, Cuba

Coral Spotting in Cuba Gardens of the Queen, a protected archipelago off the southern coast of Cuba, is renowned for their healthy population of sharks and mature fish. But coral diversity in the park can be just as spectacular, especially…

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…

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…

What Is A Corallite?

Corallite Looking through my pictures I realized I am started to get quite the collection of macro shots of Acropora corals. One thing that is really incredible about these close up images is we are able to see the corallite,…

Muricella: Pygmy Kingdom !

Following our series on coral host to famous critter subject, here is another important one, that everybody has high on their list of Holy Grail ! The host of the King of all critters, the Pygmy Seahorse, Hippocampus bargibanti. This…

See The Reef With New Eyes – 3W Dive Gili Air May 29th

See The Reef With New Eyes Are you interested to learn more about coral diversity from the Indo Pacific? Join us this week where we will be giving a live presentation at the 3W Dive Center on the island of Gili…