Reward offered in hunt for coral vandal

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Reward offered in hunt for coral vandal

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a vandal who damaged a 120cm/48in area of coral in Guam.

The damage was spotted by diving instructor Chris Gullick near Gun Beach at Tamuning on January 9 and he posted them onto his Facebook page. 

So far anonymous donors have combined to offer a $650 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.

On one side, the word ‘Austin’ appears to gave been carved into the coral using a sharp object, while on the other side another word, less legible, but which could read ‘Squat5hit’ has been scored.  

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Dave Burdick, of the University of Guam Marine Lab, identified the coral as Diploastrea heliopora and added that although the tissue could grow back in a couple of weeks, scars will remain until a new skeleton forms. There is also the risk of the coral becoming infected as a result of the damage caused.

A few good photos & one.....bad? one from today's diving....1) Oriental Sweetlips at Blue Hole.2) A couple of Clarke's...

Posted by Chris Gulick on Saturday, January 9, 2016

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