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Florida's staghorn coral makes surprising return

Florida's staghorn coral makes surprising return

A surprise discovery along the south Florida coast has revealed dense thickets of a species of coral thought to be disappearing from the region's reefs.

More than 38 acres of staghorn coral have been found in patches on the reefs from northern Miami-Dade County to northern Broward County, in what scientists call a rare piece of good news for a species that has seen severe declines, largely because of disease.

"This is a huge win for Florida's corals," said Joanna Walczak, southeast regional administrator for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

Staghorn coral, which extends delicate branches up from the ocean floor, is among the most important...

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