The effect of atmospheric exposure on growth rates

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    I doubt it has much effect at all.
     
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    Might have a short term effect on polyp extension & growth (perhaps a day or 2), but corals should be OK long term.
    That is an awesome shot... Wonder where that was taken.
    Remember, reefs like that will only be exposed 2 times per year when equinox tide & spring tides overlap...
    Corals like those sps's living in very shallow reefs have adapted to exposure to air as most of those corals is exposed with wave action on every low tide.
    Some shallow lagoon reefs are totally exposed at almost every spring tide.

    A good friend of mine was lucky enough to have dived on the shallow reefs close to sharm el-sheikh & Ras Mohammed in the red sea on an equinox low tide, & said it was one of the best dives he's ever had as all the fish that used to swim on top of the reef was on the sides of the reef which caused a massive concentration of reef fish during the dive.
     
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    Thank you Visser, yip there is a lot about stress, ecology ect.. Was just wondering if anyone has ever specificallly compared growth rates and or aragonite density for exposed/non-exposed colonies.
     
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    great question, i know they do secrete a protective slime layer, i think over at coralscience.org and secore.org they are looking deeper
     
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    Thats a lot of clams!!!
     
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    Would those clams survive being out of the water. Seems a few dead ones here and there.
    If it is a yearly occurrence, then surely they must, as they seems big and they had to survive last year.
     
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    Clams might have a higher mortality than sps as they have a lot more "flesh" that coulp dry out. But then again... Like you said riaan, they wont be so many large clams if they werent able to survive that.
     
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    Wow, amazing shots, wonder where that is, need to go there :)
     
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    Those clams are on an island off of Australia, they are farmed in an intertidal zone..check out this one!!

    [ame="http://www.flickr.com/photos/megforbes/7160965012/"]Giant clam exposed by the low tide | Flickr - Photo Sharing![/ame]
     
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    Holy clams! Ok, ive seen some large clams on dives all over, but that has to be the biggest by far!!!
     
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    Clam chowder anyone?
     
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    I had the fortune of going to Heron Island on the Barrier Reef in July and seeing this for myself. Here are some photos of high and low tide at the same spot. What you will see is that the acropora tends to stay quite flat on top, kind of like a brush cut. This was not spring tide but a normal daily low tide. The clam photo was taken as the tide was running out, the wall you see in the second photo was full of them and as you see they get totally exposed at low tide.
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