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This incredible coral species was spotted while snorkeling in the Caribbean off of Belize. This was a very exciting find, as I was not expecting to get to see this species due to its endangered status. Spotted at a depth of about 15 ft (4 meters) in an area of relatively significant current.
Found primarily in shallow waters with temperatures between 26 and 30 °C (79 and 86 °F), and with significant water movement. Distributed throughout the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Florida Keys.
This species is listed as Critically Endangered but the IUCN and was once one of the most abundant species of coral in the Caribbean and the Florida Keys. Since 1980, an estimated 90-95% of elkhorn coral has been lost. Elkhorn coral is considered to be one of the most important reef-building corals in the Caribbean and it was the first coral species in the world to receive protection from the Endangered Species Act.
Spotted on May 19, 2013
Submitted on Jun 8, 2013
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