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1 week ago

Coral Rescue Mission Success! – The rescuers down underwater worked tirelessly through the week to collect 410 healthy corals from Dry Tortugas National Park.

Scientists collected high priority species, and then measured and took a genetic sample from each coral. Finally, each coral was placed on a terracotta tile with a tag to keep a permanent record of that individual.

The collected corals are currently being transferred to the University of Miami - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. There, they will be placed in land-based aquaria to prevent them from becoming infected, to preserve genetic diversity, and to serve as breeding stock for future restoration activities.

Look here for more updates about the Coral Rescue Project: floridakeys.noaa.gov/coral-disease/welcome.html

NPS photos by Meaghan Johnson
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Splendid work! Thanks for standing in for biodiversity!

Very cool. Outstanding work! Thank you!😎☝️⚓️🧜‍♂️🧜‍♀️

Great to see!

Thank you all for working so hard at this.

Thank you! Well done!

Must be a neat job!

Awesome!! Great job!

My sister posted this same article. She lives in Apalachicola FL. I believe some folks from there had a hand in this. Thanks all.

Very cool

Cudos to all involved!


Kelly Daries

Great job Caitlin Lustic!

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