13 Jun '12, 12am

The Annotated Budak: Monsters in our midst by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Monsters in our midst by @budak

Many of the colonies that build the superstructure of this living habitat consist of little monsters, zooids of coenosarc that ooze out from partitioned chambers to smother the corallites with writhing flesh or erupt in a frenzy of columns with an unquenchable appetite for the sun. Most range in diameter from a few millemetres to hollows the width of a doubloon. Others develop into plates, discs or boulders in which the animals lose their compact forms and grade into each other between long walls and winding ridges. An unusual few attain solitary dimensions, becoming circular mounds and elongated skeletons that house the tentacles of a lone polyp. Hermatypic corals once assaulted Singapore's southern coastline and the minute archipelago that dot the straits. These reefs, particularly those by the mainland, have lost ground to a restless port and an island that crushed and ...

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