Corals 'Kiss' And 'Fight,' Just Like You And Me
For the first time, researchers have been able to observe these coral behaviors in the ocean.By Ryan Biek | July 13, 2016
When organisms can't be studied in a lab, you have to bring the lab to them.
Researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego created an underwater microscope to study corals and their surprisingly humanlike behavior.
In one study, they observed corals "fighting." Two different species of coral positioned next to each other sent enzymes toward each other in a form of chemical warfare. Yet, when the researchers put two of the same species next to each other, no fighting occurred.