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…

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…

Colin Foord presents urban Acropora at TEDxMiami

[youtube width=”680″ height=”420″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X3uCnEN7lE&t=12s[/youtube] We wrote in August about Coral Morphologic’s Colin Foord speaking at the prestigious TEDxMiami and we are happy to share with you his informative presentation is now available online. Foord’s unique presentation dives into finding thriving coral…

Elkhorn coral video shows what the ‘palmata zone’ used to look like

Oh Acropora palmata, the iconic elkhorn coral, how we love to gaze on thee! Once widespread and ecologically paramount in the Caribbean Sea, the elkhorn coral used to be so abundant that there were reef zones named after it. Nowadays…

Coral Morphologic’s Colin Foord to speak on urban Acropora at TEDxMiami

You usually think of Acropora as being a delicate coral group, ready to die at a moment’s notice but would you believe that there are acropora growing inside Miami Florida? We’re not talking about Acros in reef tanks, we’re talking…

Pacific Elkhorn Coral, possible new Acropora species discovered in the Marshall Islands

Some unusual elkhorn coral colonies of Acropora have been found growing at Arno Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Only about 200 of these huge, mega colonies were found growing on a small stretch where they greatly resemble the legendary but…