Coral Line by: Sasha Stack

Coral Type: Branching

Coral species: Acropora hemprichii

Message: “Please help Vaidas build the coral at Gili 

On the photograph depicting the line at 9 months, you will notice 2 white corals. We know these are both recently dead because we can see the bright white calcium carbonate skeleton which grows beneath the brown coral tissue. The cause of death is unknown, but because no algae has started to grow on the skeleton yet, we know the entire colony died at the same time, this was not gradual mortality. Possibly caused by bleaching due to an unknown stress factor.