Cry of the Water
Elkhorn Disease Report

Newly Documented
Elkhorn Coral


Cry of the Water first documented the elkhorn coral colony (Acropora Palmata) off Lauderdale-by-the-Sea in the summer of 2005.  The colony appears to be a remnant of a larger colony.  This elkhorn is within 800 feet of two active  ocean outfall discharges from a/c cooling towers just off the surf zone.

Broken Fragment Discovered


On June 11, 2008 while Cry of the Water was conducting a site inspection they discovered a fragment broken off the elkhorn colony.  Local group Vone Research, is experienced in coral re-attachment, agreed to work with us to apply for the needed permit from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and on July 17, 2008 the team re-attached and photographed the project.  Both the fragment and the colony showed signs of white spots on the coral surface. WIthin 2 days the white spots increased in size.

Coral Disease

During the 2 week site inspection on July 26, 2008 Dr. Esther Peters using a FWCC permit collected mucus, water and sediment samples on and around the reattachment site for use in disease identification.  Dan Clark assisted Dr. Peters on this dive.

Monitoring will be conducted as often as possible during the disease outbreak to document the rapid deterioration of the colony. 
Permit conditions requires monitoring in six months, one year and two years from the reattachment date.







Remnant of larger Elkhorn Colony






 Dead Patches and white spots
on Elkhorn coral

 

 



Taking Samples of Diseased Corals





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