Travel & Culture

There’s A Cool New Coral Tribute To COVID-19 Heroes In The Maldives

October 26, 2020

In appreciation of the selfless health-care workers caring for COVID-19 patients around the world, Baros, an island resort in the Maldives, has created a permanent tribute out of regenerated coral. The tribute consists of coral transplanted on frames in the island’s lagoon that spell out the words “Thank You Heroes.”

The project, which was created when the resort closed to guests because of the pandemic, is flourishing. The resort’s resident marine biologists have collected fragments of living coral from the seabed that had become broken off the reefs surrounding the island and created an environment to help them survive through this transplantation process. This tribute to health-care workers in living coral is also sustainable as it serves to create new habitats for fish and other invertebrates—plus, it’s part of the Coral Regeneration initiative, which began at Baros in 2009.

The coral fragments collected for this unique tribute are flourishing and the wording is clearly visible. It can take two years for the coral to cover a frame completely. Once it does, the coral will continue to grow forever, becoming a permanent recognition of the dedication of the world’s healthcare heroes. Talk about coral cool! —Vita Daily


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