Steinhart Aquarium biologists are shown collecting small cuttings of corals (fragments) on the California Academy of Sciences 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition. These fragments were legally exported from the Philippines and brought into cultivation at our Golden Gate Park facility as part of our efforts at sustainable collection-building.
Here is a cool video from our good friend Rich Ross from his recent expedition to collect new coral specimens for their farming system. He puts a really nice professional spin on the art of hacking through animal flesh that most of us practice daily. I know this was a purely scientific activity, but it would have been pretty funny if he glued a frag to a plug underwater, then affixed a “Limited Edition” price tag on it.