Is Acropora convexa the Next Holy Grail Acro?

It’s been a while since we wrote about Australian corals but with all this down time, we finally can find the time to write about things that inspired us in our previous journeys.During our Ultra Coral Australia trips on the…

Understanding the Ideal Australian Coral Habitat

Having learnt my Acros while living in Indonesia, I’ve grown up as an inshore reef stony coral freak because offshore reefs conditions are almost impossible to find in Indonesia. Even though we can find some of the species there, they…

Hoeksemai Acro is the King of Blue Staghorn Corals!

Acropora hoeksemai is a gorgeous blue staghorn Acro which been a classic Indonesian coral, produced in the thousands through mariculture. So you would think that this coral is probably available all over the world right now, through frag sellers, but its…

Friday Smorgasbord: HSP20 edition

We’re back for our pre-Thanksgiving installment of our Friday Smorgasbord. We’re almost done with the year and settling in for winter weather and the rush of holidays (hard to believe!). Without further ado, on with the Smorgs! Finally! Some Good…

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…

Eucheuma Algae Is a Perfect Mimic of Staghorn Coral

Mimicry is a very important part of survival of the fittest, both on land and in the sea. Usually we tend to notice mimic anemones transforming its appearance to look like a wide range of corals and algae, but today…

Caribbean Coral Diaries: Acropora cervicornis

Acropora cervicornis Acropora cervicornis is an iconic Caribbean coral and one every scuba diver should know how to identify. In the Caribbean, there are three species of Acropora which are essential for creating complex habitats and buffering the coastline. Acropora cervicornis grows into cylindrical branches…

Friday Smorgasbord: Drifting Plastics, GBR Value, Reef Rescue and Whales

This week’s Friday Smorgasbord has a conservation feel to it. We didn’t set out that way, but these compelling videos that captured our attention just set the theme. We first start with just where that plastic in our oceans ends…

Incredible video of Staghorn coral spawning

Each year, researchers from all over the world come together in August in coral nurseries off the coast of Florida to witness one of the most stunning events in nature, coral spawning. This multi-institutional task force meets every year to help the…

Florida reefs are dissolving away faster, earlier than expected

Ocean acidification is much worse than imagined, as the limestone structure that forms the foundation of Florida’s coral reefs are actually dissolving dissolving away sooner than ever expected. According to a new study published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles, research showed the upper…