CRITTER: Hawaiian corals are nature’s sea wall

Terry Lilley / contributed

The picture I sent for the article shows an antler coral at Anini Beach that started growing in 2016 and is now 30 inches tall. I have measured the growth of this coral every month since it started growing and it may be the fasting growing coral ever documented

Have you noticed lately that there are a lot of beach erosion articles in the newspapers here in Hawai‘i? Almost everyday the news covers a story about a house or road falling into the sea or onto the beach. These articles usually talk about “climate change” and rising sea levels as the causes for massive coastal erosion, but most of the time the articles miss one of the main causes of our beach erosion problems.