Posted by: danielfee | July 22, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 07-22-2012

Corals – Galapagos Islands

Corals

 

The Galapagos Islands are well known for marinelife and wildlife, but often overlooked are the beautiful corals. Although the archipelago straddles the equator, there are no coral reefs and corals only grow in a few locations. Corals need particular conditions for their development, including clear water with a minimal temperature of 18 to 20 C and an optimal depth of 20 meters. There are 32 species of corals including: Golden sea fan, Orange and Pink cup corals, Tagus cup coral, Yellow polyp black coral and Panama black coral to name a few. I have had the opportunity to snorkel in many places around the world and the corals in the Galapagos Islands are some of the healthiest and most colorful you will find.

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