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Pillar Coral

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  • Site Depth:
    15-30 Feet

    Diver Level:
    Open Water

Pillar Coral gets its name from the rare stands of Pillars found here. The pillars lie on the edge of a circular sand patch and rise 3 to 5 feet from the reef. These corals are unique in that they are the only coral species that feed during the day time. They appear as large, brown fingers reaching vertically from the reef. Upon close inspection, their shag carpet texture is composed of thousands of coral polyps feeding on microscopic organisms in the water.

Seaward of the Pillar Corals are a series of sand channels with well defined coral reef ledges on either side. Stingrays, Moray Eels and Nurse Sharks are commonly seen here.

A great, easy shallow dive, this site rarely experiences any current. At 15 to 30 feet this is a perfect site for all level of divers and snorkelers.

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