Flat-Topped Coral Shows Up in Hawaii
The coast of Oahu, Hawaii holds many mesmerizing things. But one of the most recent discovers is definitely an interesting one. A type of coral common to the tropical Pacific but rare in Hawaii has been discovered off the coast for the first time.
The table coral, Acropora cytherea — named for its tablelike flat top that extends above its stubby base — colonizes broad stretches of the mid-Pacific, but has only been spotted in three locations off of the main Hawaiian Islands, and never around Oahu.
Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) based in Oahu discovered the unexpected colony last November during a routine scuba survey off the the southern side of the island.
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