Scottish Coral Id

  1. Esimm03

    Esimm03 Well Known Member Member

    Hi,

    So yesterday I went to a beach in the Scottish Highlands that has bits of dead coral that have washed up from the reef out at sea, I was wondering if anyone could identify the pieces I found, or are they too small?

    Thanks, Ethan

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    Esimm03

    Esimm03 Well Known Member Member

    And this one (looks like some sort of bubble coral to me )

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  3. stella1979

    stella1979 Fishlore VIP Member

    Wow, this is interesting. I thought, ''Reefs? Off Scotland?'' Your post got me reading about cold water reefs, which is a strange topic for me having lived in southern Florida all my life. After just a minute or two of reading I think your twiggy looking pieces might be Lophelia pertusa, which according to the source, is the only reef-forming coral in British waters. Again, I really have no idea and am no expert on coral, just did some quick reading. You might like this... :)

    Cold water coral - Scottish Natural Heritage

    Hey @grantm91 - Do you know much about your kinda-sorta local reefs?
     
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    Esimm03

    Esimm03 Well Known Member Member

    Ok, thanks for the link I'll read it later ,

    If I'm not mistaken the reef is also a deep water reef, it starts around Spain/France and goes north and only reaches land around Scotland.

    Ethan
     
  5. stella1979

    stella1979 Fishlore VIP Member

    Very cool... :)