• Trunk Bay Beach, considered one of the 10 best beaches in the world is home to the underwater trail.

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Brain Coral

Brain Coral in shallow seawater, with a small, embedded Christmas Tree Worm
STATION B: This Brain Coral (Diploria strigosa), with its maze of ridges, is quite different from the Elkhorn Coral at the last station.  Since it's daytime, the living coral animal polyps are tucked down into the valleys between the colony's ridges, but the polyps could still be killed if you stepped on them!  SOS! = Stand on Sand, not corals!
Caroline Rogers
 
Hey! What's that colorful, fluffy thing in the coral colony? Station C shows a magnified view; check it out.

Did You Know?

visitor gets a little closer to one of the underwater trail signs in Trunk Bay.

The underwater snorkel trail at Trunk Bay is an excellent place for beginners or anyone wanting to learn about marine life. Plaques along the trail describe the various species of fish, and provide information about the coral reefs.