CRITTER: Meet the snowflake coral

Pamela Whitman / Contributed

Marine biologist Terry Lilley checks out Snowflake Coral during a recent dive.

Terry Lilley / Contributed

A close up of Snowflake Coral during a recent dive.

Scuba diving on an outer reef at Sharks Cove O‘ahu one day in the winter, I made a coral discovery by accident. There was some surf so no one else was out diving that day, but I was out beyond the waves in relatively calm water, and the swell was creating an underwater surge that was like being in a washing machine, but at 40 feet deep!