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February 1, 2014 at 7:41 PM

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Lending a helping hand


ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Because coral has no mobility, colonies get helping hands from Seattle Aquarium biologist Andy Sim as he moves Acropora or table coral, in the Pacific Coral Reef exhibit. It's in front of reddish-brown plate coral. There's been much growth requiring redistribution and some pruning of the colonies. Pruned coral is often shared with other aquariums. This is in a 2,000-gallon exhibit. Some colonies grow so large they crowd out others in the tank. Puget Sound water, heated and filtered, is used with artificial, controlled light overhead. For more information see: seattleaquarium.org

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