Many varieties of coral live on our reefs here in Key Largo. You can see such a huge variety each and every dive, but some are more obvious than others. Elkhorn Coral has a very distinct structure. And you can easily recognize it on any dive.
The elkhorn coral is named for the antler-like shape of its colonies. It is a fast growing species and is one of the most important reef-building species in the Caribbean. It was formerly one of the most common corals on reefs throughout its range. Today, it is very rare and is considered critically endangered by reef scientists. You can hunt down this beautiful species on many of our reefs, but by far the best collection of it resides at Horseshoe Reef.