The image below, taken by Coral Morphologic marine biologist Colin Foord, is beautiful. So beautiful that I wanted to post it here for purely aesthetic reasons. That said, its full beauty owes to more than mere appearance. What you see there is a coral nursery tree erected a few miles off the shore of Key Largo by the Coral Restoration Foundation for the purpose of transplantation back to the reef. It is a man-made structure built underwater in the service of nature and, consequently, in the service of man. That is the source of its beauty. To learn more about the CRF and its nursery, check out “(How To Grow) A Floating Forest” by Foord (whom I interviewed in August about the danger posed to a rare hybrid coral by the imminent Port of Miami Deep Dredge).
Jordan Melnick | October 24th, 2011 | No Comments