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The Secret Life of Corals
The Secret Life of Corals

The Secret Life of Corals

Sex, War and Rocks that Don’t Roll



260 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $29.95 (US $29.95) (CA $39.95)

Publication Date: November 2022

ISBN 9781604271881

Rights: WOR

J. Ross Publishing (Nov 2022)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: November 2022


When we think of coral reefs we tend to think of beautiful rock-like structures teaming with colorful fish and other marine life. But what exactly are the "corals" in the coral reef? What are these creatures that start out very small and then have the ability to grow large enough to be seen from outer space? Are they animals, plants, microbes, or rocks? With humor and clarity, David Vaughan takes us on an incredible journey through the secret life of corals to answer these questions, and more. He shines a light on the unlikely partners that comprise actual corals and reveals the curious ways they live, grow, reproduce, protect themselves, and defend their turf. In addition, Vaughan helps us understand why corals are so important for all life—both on land and in the sea. This generational title clearly explains the most pressing environmental threats corals face today, as well as new coral restoration practices that provide hope for their future. This book is a compelling and fun read and is for everyone interested in the marvelous workings of the natural world. Dive in and prepare to be amazed!


"An amazing journey through their hidden world." —Philippe Cousteau

Author Biography

Dr. David E. Vaughan has held positions in marine aquaculture research and development for over 30 years. For 15 years, he was the Executive Director of the Mote Marine Laboratory in the Florida Keys where he started the Coral Reef Restoration Program. Through this program he was heralded with being the first to develop the new technology of coral micro-fragmentation which dramatically improves the rate at which coral reefs can be restored. In 2017 he received the Chicago Field Museum Parker/Gentry Award as "Conservationist of the Year" for his work with coral restoration.