The life of Blue Coral

By: Jason Emenalo and Damir Williams

The Unique and Primitive Blue Coral

This species is very self explanatory by its name. The blue coral falls into the order Helioporacea.This specie has an amazing, stunning blue skeleton which is hidden by greenish - gray polyps. With all the colors that are found on the blue colors it makes this coral very unique. The polyps found on the coral play a very signicant role in the ocean. Each of the polyps have eight tentacles which joins to other polyps to form colonies of blue coral.

Blue corals are hermatypic, meaning they have microscopic algae found in their tissue. The algae found in the coral play a major role in the blue coral's lives by the development of growth. During photosynthesis, the algae produces energy - rich molecules that are nutritious to the polyps.

Instead of releasing sperm and eggs into water, blue corals reproduce sexually by brooding. One to two larvae is produced inside polyps and is then released after the polyps attached to a colony making a secure, suitable environment for adult growth and reproduction.

Snapshots of The Blue Coral

Where Can you find Blue Coral?

Blue corals are found in the indo - western pacific ocean. 25 degress north, 25 degress south, this location is oddly uncommon to have blue coral located there. Blue coral is a potential endangered species because it is the only specie in the family Helioporidae.