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Coral and Fish
Coral reefs provide habitat for many species of fish and other marine life.
Mushroom shaped coral
Mushroom shaped coral assemblage at Dry Tortugas National Park.
Staghorn coral and tropical fish
Coral reefs provide habitat fish and many other species of marine life.
Colorful fish find shelter amidst coral
Different species of coral offer a wide variety of shapes and sizes of nooks and crannies for fish to dart behind for safe haven from predators.
Elkhorn coral ranges in color from yellow to yellow-brown and grows in a characteristic branching pattern reminiscent of elk antlers.
Fan corals are named for their characteristic fan shape.
Coral reef and fish
With their myriad nooks and crannies of varying shapes and sizes, coral reefs provide fish excellent protection from lurking predators.
Corals often grow into whimsical shapes, like this coral head.
Colorful coral reef
Different species of coral growing together in a reef can create a riot of brilliant colors for snorkelers and divers to enjoy.
Park biologist surveying staghorn coral
Park biologist surveying staghorn coral growing in Dry Tortugas National Park. Coral reefs are routinely monitored for their health and size.
Coral reefs are routinely monitored for their size and health.
Park biologist measuring coral
Park biologists routinely monitor the health and size of coral reefs and correlate the findings with constantly changing environmental conditions.
Last updated: August 1, 2014