Florida Scientists To Rescue Caribbean Coral
By successfully preproducing Elkhorn Coral
In the fight to rescue Caribbean coral, researchers at the Florida Aquarium have made a significant advancement.
Elkhorn coral, a crucial species, has been successfully reproduced by marine biologists using aquarium technology for the first time.
The Caribbean was originally dominated by Elkhorn coral. however, they are now hardly ever found in the wild.
This species is crucial because it supplies the components necessary for reefs to thrive, therefore researchers were overjoyed to learn that their reproductive experiment was successful.
Only approximately 300 Elkhorn coral remain in the Florida Keys Reef Tract, according to a senior scientist at the Tampa Aquarium's spawning lab.
Thousands of young coral were created by this spawning experiment. Up to 100 of them are anticipated to live till adulthood.
This coral, is named Elkhorn because it resembles elk antlers. It thrives at the top of reefs, usually growing in water no deeper than 20 feet.
Their colonies are essential for breaking up large waves. Reefs are a silent but mighty ally that shield Florida's beaches from storm surges during hurricane season.