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Elkhorn Coral Reef in Jardines de la Reina

Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata) is one of the most important reef building corals because their colonies are fast-growing and their complex structure is a shelter for many reef species and a natural barrier to protect mangroves and seagrasses from wave energy.

Since the 80s there has been a massive dead of these corals throughout the Caribbean, researchers estimate that 95 percent of this coral species has been lost due to climate change, human activities, storms etc.

Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata)

In Jardines de la Reina near Mangle Alto key, there are huge live patches of Elkhorn coral which are probably the biggest and healthiest ones in the Caribbean.


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