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Episode 501: Coral Hybrids

Once a common sight in the Caribbean and Florida, elkhorn and staghorn corals are now listed as threatened on the U.S. Endangered Species list. But while these corals have declined in recent years, their hybrid appears to be increasing in parts of the region. Often found in really shallow water, this hybrid, commonly called “fused staghorn,” closely resembles its parents.

Nicole Fogarty, Ph.D. from Nova Southeastern University’s Oceanographic Center has been studying the hybrid near a small island off the coast of Belize since 2005. Carrie Bow Cay is a research facility of the Smithsonian Institution. The island is an ideal place to study the hybrid, because of its proximity to all three types of corals.


Meet the experts featured in this episode.

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Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

National Park Service

Abby Wood

Scott Jones

Bernhard Riegl

Nicole Fogarty

Phillip Dustan

Zachary Foltz

Special Thanks:

Smithsonian Institution

Zachary Foltz

Scott Jones

Martha Nichols

Jonathan Hootman

Melissa Adams

Web Extras

Tour of Carrie Bow Cay Field Station                                                

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