CRITTER: Meet ‘ako‘ako‘a the Hawaiian Super Coral

  • Courtesy of Terry Lilley

    The corals are nature’s natural seawall that will reduce erosion rates on our beaches.

  • Courtesy of Terry Lilley

    They are called rice corals because the surface of the coral skeleton looks like grains of rice.

In 2012, I shot 100 hours of video of the brown rice corals along the entire Kaua‘i North Shore and was just stunned at the beauty and diversity of this amazing coral species. They are called rice corals because the surface of the coral skeleton looks like grains of rice.

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