Flat-Topped Coral Shows Up in Hawaii

NOAA scientists report the discovery of the first known colony of table coral (Acropora cytherea) off of the south shore of O’ahu in Hawai’i.

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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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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