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THE STATE STONE: AGATISED CORAL

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David Attenborou­gh’s shows often feature coral reefs. Beautiful on television, the reality is truly stunning – especially if you scuba dive down to get a close look. Spend a day helping the Coral Restoratio­n Foundation in Key Largo. Start with a talk by a marine biologist and then take a dive boat out to the Coral Tree Nursery. Thirty feet below the surface, what look like old-fashioned TV antennae provide support for baby coral. Rather like weeding a garden, volunteers can clean these frames and then ‘outplant’, or transfer, healthy specimens on to a reef. Non scuba divers can snorkel and watch the action from above. This is a great experience for youngsters, whose photos will be the envy of their schoolmate­s (www. coralresto­ration.org/dive-programs).

 ??  ?? A Coral Reef Restoratio­n Foundation diver at work in Key Largo’s Coral Tree Nurseries
A Coral Reef Restoratio­n Foundation diver at work in Key Largo’s Coral Tree Nurseries

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