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Shoulderblade Coral - Pavona clavus I wanted to introduce this beautiful coral species with a picture of my husband Mark filming small critters living in this massive colony. I have seen an article mentioning this very same coral boulder and the writer - Nicole Helgason- estimates its age in 600 to 800 years old! This is in the dive site Kelapa 21 of Weda, Halmahera. In the dive site Gorangos there are even bigger colonies. The beauty of this one is its almost perfectly sphaerical shape when photographed from above with a wide angle lens. And I am happy to say that this coral is for the moment not in the least of threatened species (which does not mean we should not worry about its future well-being). It hope it will still be there long after we are all gone. By the way, this is the article: <br />
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Shoulderblade Coral - Pavona clavus

I wanted to introduce this beautiful coral species with a picture of my husband Mark filming small critters living in this massive colony. I have seen an article mentioning this very same coral boulder and the writer - Nicole Helgason- estimates its age in 600 to 800 years old! This is in the dive site Kelapa 21 of Weda, Halmahera. In the dive site Gorangos there are even bigger colonies. The beauty of this one is its almost perfectly sphaerical shape when photographed from above with a wide angle lens. And I am happy to say that this coral is for the moment not in the least of threatened species (which does not mean we should not worry about its future well-being). It hope it will still be there long after we are all gone. By the way, this is the article:
https://reefdivers.io/protecting-elders-pavona-clavus/7979

    comments (7)

  1. What a crazy scene, Marta! I noticed Mark having something in front of the camera, perhaps a loupe or something? Posted one year ago
    1. It may be the strobe of his Gopro? :-) Posted one year ago
  2. That's incredible! Posted one year ago
    1. Yes, I had such a wonderful view from the top...It was very enjoyable! Posted one year ago
      1. So cool! Lucky lady ;) Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
  3. WOW! That is so cool! Posted one year ago
    1. Yes, it was awesome to see this ancient coral still thriving and full of life living on it as well :-) Posted one year ago

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It is a zooxanthellate reef coral of the family Agariciidae.

Similar species: Stony Corals
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Jul 26, 2020. Captured Nov 7, 2019 05:04 in Nusliko, Central Weda, Central Halmahera Regency, North Maluku, Indonesia.
  • TG-5
  • f/2.8
  • 1/640s
  • ISO100
  • 4.5mm