brain coral


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massive reef-building coral having a convoluted and furrowed surface

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He created an impressive entry with fossil stone tiles imbedded with brain coral.
It takes about an hour and you get to see the largest brain coral in the world.
Coral grows slowly under the best conditions--a brain coral the size of a basketball may be 50 years old, and even the fastest growing branching coral averages only seven inches a year--and regrowth is further impeded when water quality is less than ideal.
When we snorkel or scuba-dive on reefs, the amazing diversity of structures we see--the massive elkhorn corals, brain corals, big platy corals--are all produced by tiny coral polyps.
There are also many table and brain corals surrounding the island.
Novice divers can still be wowed by the reef's four-eyed butterfly fish and brain corals by trying 'helmet diving' - a form of undersea exploration where you wade alone the ocean floor with the aid of a 'breathing helmet'.
In boulder and brain corals, a veneer of living tissue coats the outer surface of the skeleton.
You already see branching species replacing massive slow-growing brain corals.
Novice divers can still be wowed by the reef's four-eyed butterfly fish and brain corals by trying "helmet diving" - a form of undersea exploration where you wade along the ocean floor with the aid of a breathing helmet.