Two coral-related photo-essays online
howzit at turtles.org
Sun Dec 10 11:10:30 EST 2000
Dear Coral types,
We've just posted something that we hope will be of interest to coral
researchers. It's actually a poster --about the creative ways Hawaiian
turtles go about making use of their coral reef homes.
(It's not for the faint-of-heart)
The title "Changing the landscape: evidence for detrimental impacts to
coral reefs by Hawaiian marine turtles" says it all. And the images of
turtles doing what turtles do to corals says it best.
Next, coral reef researchers might be interested in a portion of our other
photo-essay dealing with some of the marine plants (Hawaiian "limu") that
live among the corals.
Cladophora sericea especially is a danger to corals since this algae snags
and then smothers them.
When writing this essay we borrowed heavily from the
document, "Identification Manual for Dietary Vegetation of the Hawaiian
green turtle Chelonia mydas" (Russell, D. J., G. H. Balazs 2000,) with
We've tried our best to present accurate information. Should you see
anything in either essay that is incorrect or that can be improved, we'd
appreciate it a great deal if you sent us email to help us out.
Last, I'm certain some coral reef scientists will also have experience with
the algae we've presented online. Any additional information/insight you
might have is welcome. This is particularly true of anyone working with
Thanks for your time,
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