This psychedelic neon green branching hammer coral calls both the Indian and Pacific oceans home. As you might imagine, this coral’s beautiful coloration makes it highly sought after for private aquarium collections, which is precisely what is leading to the decline in its population. Reducing the demand for this species will help wild populations recover, but smaller actions will have a positive impact as well! If you swim or snorkel in areas where coral is present, remember not to touch it or take a piece of it home with you. Corals on reefs are actually small animals that make up a fragile ecosystem so even the gentlest touch can cause damage to vulnerable populations. Photo taken @butterflypavilion

Published date 02/10/2019
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Super cool, thankee 🐝💜🕷️


@rauuha looks like a cauliflower


Looks like a Lima bean taco!




Another way to help is to wear mineral sunscreen (not chemical) when swimming in the ocean. ❤️ 🌊


I'm so sick of us. Seems all we do is go around killing everything that lives on this planet, including ourselves.


That's from subnautica




Beautiful good vibes your way


So gorgeous 💚


In the Cayman Islands it is illegal to take any Coral, Shells or anything else off the Beach. I believe there is a very high fine if one is caught doing so. They are working very hard there to reclaim the reefs destroyed by a recent hurricane. And they are fortunate to have Guy Harvey there the Marine Biologist and Artist .


@thesecretreefer touching the surface of live hard corals will most often kill them as they are only sometimes a cell width thick, living on skeletons of predecessors.


@kimncolorado do you have experience touching or handling corals? If so then you’d know they aren’t all that sensitive to touch, yes it can stress them out but fish and other marine life often touch them as well will little I’ll effects including small stress. That’s to say touching not rubbing or tearing flesh off which will for surely cause damage. This is how they are able to be shipped and sold. Global warming is the main cause for them bleaching and dying as well as certain sunscreens....but MOSTLY global warming is the cause of mass die offs.




@thesecretreefer this hobby is selfish and you know it. The people who truly care about these species are the researchers that study and attempt to remedy this trend. Coral aquarium owners can jerk each other off about "conservation" all they want, but in the end they really just want those pretty colors. And there's nothing wrong with that as long as you know how to handle them resounding, but just call it what it is. Let the real scientists deal with real problems


@david__emerick I’d have to strongly disagree as you cannot blanket the entire community as just wanting “pretty” colors and that we’re selfish for wanting to reef tank. What a way to show you have no real knowledge on the subject or understanding of the people in it, also just FYI many “real scientists” keep corals as a hobby.


@thesecretreefer Just my opinion. I don't think it's a bad thing as long as you care for them properly, I just disagree strongly on the conservation aspect. I understand the admiration aspect, as long as they are properly acquired and cared for, but the fact is that there are people ruining coral ecosystems for their personal gain. That's real. There are also people out there right now on the front lines that devote their entire lives to coral reefs, and they're the ones that deserve the conservation credit. I believe in this post and the poster and the message they carry. It's the truth. I know I came off sounding ignorant, I'll admit, but it was because I really think it's important for hobbyists like you to acknowledge a problem within the community, even if you're not contributing to the problem. Sorry for hostilities


@david__emerick a very misguided opinion to say the least. All I was saying was that Joel was over simplifying the problem, which is corals dying from touching or over collecting which like I said before, mass die offs is mainly due to global warming not touching or over collecting. I just think that Joel posting a picture of a coral that is found 130ft deep and saying don’t touch these or they can die is just silly to me, why not post a picture of a coral you would actually see while snorkeling? And since you have such an opinion about us hobbyists then point me in the direction of those people that are ruining them(coral reefs)? I’d love to read on it, and remember it’s not as if ocean collectors are doing this illegally, if they are then I can’t speak on them but I don’t know of any that go that route for obvious reasons. I’d suggest getting familiar with the terms mariculture, aquaculture and they will teach you that people are already working on sustainability even though you think they aren’t. Also, I really don’t care if you believe me or not I just don’t want someone with as much influence as Joel does posting inaccurate and very misleading pictures. Nothing against you but I don’t think you have done enough preliminary research to give your opinion. No need for sorries, just research more and who knows maybe one day you’ll want a reef tank of your own 🐠


It's beautiful. ♥️♥️ There is nothing more beautiful then snorkeling over a beautiful coral reef.... I even recommend people wear the lightest weight safety vest just so they don't accidentally forget and step down onto the reef. ♥️♥️♥️💙💙💙💙💙


@thesecretreefer no one mentioned that touching hard corals is the worst of many detrimental affects. You didn’t mention sedimentation from stripped land. This isn’t a contest on who knows more. They just simply should be left in tact by humans.


@kimncolorado I guess you can’t read Joel’s post?? He explicitly says not to “touch or take a piece home” “gentlest touch can cause damage to vulnerable populations” does that help? This is why I was hoping you wouldn’t comment again, but bravo! yet another over simplified, non practical way of saving them....yes, in a perfect world no one would mess with any wildlife but that isn’t this world and just hoping people will leave them alone is a sure fire way for them to possibly go extinct FOREVER.


@joelsartore Corals grown in Aquariums around the globe are all 'aquacultured' ie. Cultivated & raised in tanks, farms & ponds and are then exported legally with CITES paperwork. You've done a fantastic job covering all the rare species in zoological gardens & captive breeding programs across the globe, but this post is super misleading portraying us coral growers/hobbyists as the villians. One can easily start propagating corals at home by 'fragging' them and share with other growers and hobbyists. With all the legal farms producing them across the world there is no need and no hammer or any other corals are harvested from the wild whatsoever. The real problem they face in the wild is 'bleaching', we'd really appreciate if you edit the post and spread a bit of awareness about that. Tomorrow when all the reefs across the globe have bleached out or been covered with plastic or been removed and resorts have been built upon it, we coral growers & hobbyists are the ones that will still be saving them at our homes.


@joelsartore You have over a million followers, you have the power to spread the word and make a change. You should be sharing facts, things that are happening. Not share false propaganda. Write about REAL world problems that the species face in the wild.


@thesecretreefer why be so hateful. We both appreciate corals. Have a nice day


@kimncolorado why reply to my comment? you decided to reply to my comment (that wasn’t directed towards you) and gave your opinion so I simply gave you my opinion...have a nice day


Wow ❤️




I have NEVER been too the ocean. 😫


I would like to see the ocean for real.


Congratulations 🌟


Wonderfull 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻