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…

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…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Acropora palmata

Acropora palmata Acropora palmata is the king of all Caribbean corals. Acropora palmata grows into thick robust branches and is the most important reef-building species in the Caribbean. Like it’s thinner cousin, Acropora cervicornis, palmata colonies provide complex habitat for juvenile fish. As…

Tela Of Mystical Beauty

By Quentin Caussin  We went to Honduras because we heard about the legendary reef in Tela. And,  it turns out that it is far beyond our expectations. Detached from the second largest barrier reef in the world, here are coral…

360 VIDEO – You Won’t Believe This Crazy Elkhorn Coral Reef!

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…

Acropora Palmata Corals Are Much Older Than We Thought

Acropora palmata Researchers at Penn State University have shown that colonial Acorpora corals, in particular, Acropora palmata are much older than previously thought. Although the oldest portion of the coral may no longer exist, the team looked at mutations in the living…

Acropora palmata, the majestic and endangered elkhorn coral

Acropora palmata, the Elkhorn Coral, is the quintessential Caribbean Coral Reef species. This species was once so abundant that entire regions of the reef were called the ‘Palmata Zone’ and it was important to know where the palmata zones were,…

Caribbean Coral Reefs used to be made up of fields of coral

The concept of shifting baselines is an important one in reef ecology which basically describes how successive generations of researchers have their own ideas of what constitutes a healthy or a natural reef. Nowhere is this concept more important than…

Pacific Island Elhorn Acropora really does look a lot like A. palmata

Almost four years ago we shared with you the discovery of a Pacific Elkhorn Acropora coral; today we can tell you about finding and seeing this coral for ourselves and boy does it look a lot like its Caribbean counterpart.…

Friday Mega-Smorgasbord: Squid arms, robofish, shark feast, sea slugs, coral planting, living undersea, AEFW hit the high seas and gigantic clumps of whale poo

We have a great post lined up for this Friday with everything from amazing to just odd and something in between. We lead off this edition with a breaking story about deep sea squids that actually tear its arms free…