Parc national des Calanques
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Zigzag coral


This white coral grows in deep waters, between 80 and 1500 meters deep. It can be identified by its skeleton’s zigzag shaped branches. It can form structurally complex masses, covering long stretches of rock.

Scientific name

Madrepora oculata

Natural habitats

Underwater canyons

Did you know?

This photograph of zigzag coral was taken using a ROV, an underwater robot, during the Cassidaigne exploration campaign in the heart of the Calanuqes National Park’s marine area.

Conservation stake

Very strong


  • Destruction by fishing boats
  • Pollution
  • Climate change
  • Acidification of oceans

How can I help to protect it?

  • I report any unusual environmental incidents
  • I recover waste and dispose of it in suitable bins on land
  • I share this best practice with other seafarers and raise their awareness.