A surprise sighting along the coastline of South Florida has revealed thick zones of staghorn coral from northern Miami-Dade to northern Broward counties. This finding is what researchers say is a rare piece of astounding news for a species that has been on the decline due to disease. This type of coral is among the most significant species and is a huge win for Florida’s corals!
Stag horn coral is imperative to build reefs as it branches up from the ocean floor, playing a role as a home-base for fish and other marine habitat, this type of coral also acts as a natural wave break to protect our beautiful white sandy beaches. Global warming had contributed to the decline making bleaching occur, so it may have speculated that climate change might have been an issue.
It is important for anglers and divers to recognize that it is illegal to touch the coral as well as anchor on top of it as it could harm the corals that are vital to our environment.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” – Albert Einstein