Date Created: 16 January 2016 Coral Type: Branching Coral species: Acropora sp. Message: Eden For Your World Whilst the survival of this line has been relatively poor, it is important data for us to be able to see which coral species are suitable for this sort of reef restoration project. It is likely that the very warm water temperature at the time of creating this line induced additional stress to the corals and the species was not resilient enough to recover. Many of the corals underwent similar levels of mortality during the high temperatures of April/May El Nino in 2016. At one year, we can see the remaining living fragments have grown really well! The small fragments we planted have doubled in diameter and have created lovely spherical corals.
Update November, 2021: despite the initial mortality, this line has done incredibly well, and some very large colonies have been transplanted to the Gili Lankanfushi reef. They now form a home for many of our reef inhabitants and we are certain they will produce many resilient offspring in the future!