Crustose coralline algae

Crustose coralline algae

Crustose ccoralline algae are rock-hard, calcareous red algae that fulfil two key functional roles in coral reef ecosystems: they contribute significantly to reef calcification and cementationthey induce larval settlement of many benthic organisms. They encourage baby...
Fluorescing corals turn out to be bleached

Fluorescing corals turn out to be bleached

Pinned on Pete’s dive shop wall were faded colour photos of the coral reef flat around the Middle Island Underwater Observatory at low tide. Every round, pin-cushion-shaped coral colony was a different shade of pale pink, blue, purple and yellow, like a Ken Done...