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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?

Wasps, locally called Jack Spaniard in their nest.

A wasp common to St. John is called the Jack Spaniard. These paper wasps are not aggressive, but will sting you repeatedly if disturbed. The sting can be quite painful, and should be treated with common sting relief remedies. The discomfort can last three days.