Coral in Mauritius

Coral in Mauritius

Mauritius is an island of incomparable beauty and is home to some of the world’s most breath-taking coral reefs. Unlike the reefs in Seychelles and the Maldives, the coral in Mauritius has not been bleached or affected by the warming of the ocean.  Mauritius is almost completely encircled by a barrier coral reef, which is home to many sponges, sea anemones and a variety of multi-coloured fish such as the Damselfis, Trumpet, Boxfish not forgetting the playful clown, as well as Mauritian scorpion with its unique orange colour.

 

There are many coral and lagoon conservation projects in Mauritius, with conservationists doing all they can to protect the coral in Mauritius. Many coral reefs in Mauritius are being affected by trampling anchor damage, over fishing, and pollution. As tourists we need to do our bit and not destroy the coral which can be broken up by tourists who go diving and snorkeling. The coral is protected and this should be respected by those using the water.  The coral in Mauritius supports countless species of fish and invertebrates, which brings in divers and snorkelers. You should never touch or stand on the coral and you must never try to remove it from its underwater environment. The large areas of natural coral overflowing with marine life makes Mauritius an amazing place to discover the wonders of snorkeling.

diver and Coral in Mauritius

Coral reefs are formed by tiny animals called polyps that stay immobile in one place and are the main structure of the reef. Polyps have a hard outer skeleton made of calcium. Each polyp has a ring of tentacles shaped like a cup around a central opening. These are like long arms with tips that can sting you. They are used either for defence or to capture zooplankton for food.

Contact us today to book an amazing Mauritius holiday and see the wonderful coral in Mauritius.

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