Staghorn Coral

Staghorn Coral ColonyStaghorn coral is a stony coral which reaches outward with its many branches, and it can be found in the reefs of Florida, the Bahamas, Caribbean Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. One of the largest colonies of this unique coral can be observed underwater in Klein Bonaire, a small uninhabited islet just off the northwestern coast of the island of Bonaire.

 

Fun Fact

The staghorn corals can be tricky to maneuver through when shore diving off of the rocky, far northwestern coast on Bonaire. Their huge branches shoot straight out from the sea floor in shallower water, making it a challenge to find an area deep enough to put fins on and then snorkel out to the deeper drop off for a dive. Though not for the faint of heart, the diving here is totally worth it once you learn to navigate the more difficult shore entries and exits.

 

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