Broken corals found in Makako Bay are reattached

  • Broken coral branches found at the base of a day-use mooring at Makako Bay (Garden Eel Cove). White bars indicate 10 cm increments. (Courtesy photo)

  • A broken coral colony on a day-use mooring line at Makako Bay. (Courtesy photo)

  • Butterflyfish inspect restored cauliflower corals at Makako Bay (Garden Eel Cove), secured back onto the reef by DAR staff using a specialized marine epoxy. (Courtesy photo)

  • In an operation reminiscent of the emergency reattachment of severed digits or limbs — in this case, after a mass accident — more than 80 living coral fragments that were broken off the reef at Makako Bay have been replanted on the reef by biologists and staff with the Division of Aquatic Resources of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources. (Courtesy photo)

In an operation reminiscent of the emergency reattachment of severed digits or limbs — in this case, after a mass accident — more than 80 living coral fragments that were broken off the reef at Makako Bay have been replanted on the reef by biologists and staff with the Division of Aquatic Resources of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, DLNR announced Wednesday.