What type of coral are you?

Dive in and find your coral persona

Coral reefs are the largest living structures on the planet and are home to 25 percent of all marine species.

Answer six quick questions to find out which coral you’re most like.

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Pick an element that you relate to most:

Earth
Fire
Air
Water
Metal
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What’s your favorite Summer Olympic sport?

100m sprint
Water Polo
Wrestling
Beach Volleyball
Floor Routine
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Someone cuts you off on the road how do you react?

Tailgate them until they switch lanes OR Cut them off the next chance you get
Lay on your horn and yell expletives at them
Make rude gestures through the windshield
Why fight? I’ll just speed past them at the next light
Slow down and give them space - I definitely don’t want to get in an accident
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Do you work well with others?

I prefer to work in a group
I like to work in a group most of the time, but can also work alone
I know it’s beneficial so I’ll work with others in addition to working alone
Only with certain individuals, and only when necessary
I prefer to work alone
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What sandwich are you most like?

PB & J
Banh Mi
Roast Beef
Grilled Cheese
Italian Sub with hot peppers
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Last question...

What word would describe you best

Independent
Quirky
Reliable
Risk-taker
Active
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Staghorn Coral

Agile, efficient, diverse, delicate

Staghorn coral is named after its resemblance to antlers. Scientists have estimated nearly 400 species of staghorn coral which come in a variety of shapes and colors. Like most coral, staghorn has a symbiotic relationship to zooxanthellae algae providing it with a protected living space and compounds needed for photosynthesis in exchange for nutrients. They are the fastest growing corals, growing up to 4 inches per year and often outcompeting other coral types for resources. Speedy as staghorn corals are, their light skeletons are quite fragile and can be easily damaged by storms and human activity.

Fire Coral

Bold, enchanting, fiery, aggressive

Fire corals not your typical coral. In fact, they are much more closely related to jellyfish and other hydrozoa/hydra than true corals. Fire corals are named after the fiery stings inflicted on most organisms that rub against it, protecting it against many large predators while also providing protection to smaller organisms that are immune to their stings, as well as to the zooxanthellae algae that live symbiotically within the coral. Fire corals will also grow towards nearby competitor corals in order to overtake them and protect their access to space and resources.

Brain Coral

Reliable, intelligent, patient, communicative

Brain corals certainly look cerebral and their individual polyps are indeed more closely connected than those of most other corals, allowing them to communicate quickly and easily within the colony. Many researchers think this close polyp connection, described as a “meandroid tissue integration,” suggests brain corals are a more advanced coral species. They grow slowly but this patience is well worth it—brain corals can live up to 900 years and their stability is often the basis of the coral reefs we see today.

Bubble Coral

Flexible, quirky, attentive, enthusiastic

Bubble coral are named after the grape-sized bubbles that expand during the day and contract at night. This exercise helps expose the symbiotic algae living within them to the light conditions needed to produce the nutrients the bubble coral need to survive. When the bubbles are contracted, this coral extends tentacles to capture food which it ingests in its single, large mouth. They also have longer “sweeper tentacles” that sting nearby coral competition to defend its space and resources.

Tube Coral

Colorful, flamboyant, reactive, independent

Tube coral are characterized by their long stalks that resemble organ pipes. Unlike most coral, tube coral does not depend on a symbiotic relationship with algae to survive and can survive in dark areas such as caves, so long as there is a strong enough current to bring it food. Tube coral colonies have polyps with eight feather-like tentacles each that extend in the hunt for plankton and other microscopic particles to feed on. The tentacles withdraw into their protective skeleton when the coral is not feeding, or at the first sign of disturbance. Tube coral skeletons have permanent color, which is often used for ornaments or jewelry.

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