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Species inventory at Molasses reef

The Coral Reef/Hardbottom Monitoring Project also collects data the old-fashioned way, using a data sheet printed on under water paper. Scientists look for coral species inside our sampling stations and check mark the ones that are present. This image was taken at Molasses Reef, near Key Largo in August 2000.


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FWC Facts:
The star coral may live for several centuries and grow to the size of an automobile. Its growth rate ranges from about 1/4 inch to 3/4 inch of yearly outward expansion.

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