The government of Grand Cayman is considering a huge pier development plan. If it goes through, it may very well destroy the area's acres of living coral reef.
Some people imply that Grand Cayman's coral reefs can be relocated. But there's a problem: relocating entire coral reefs is impossible. It can't be done, and the proponents of the pier project who suggest otherwise are wrong.
Tourists enjoy Grand Cayman's nearshore coral reefs and crystal clear waters.
A diver transplants colonies of the branching staghorn coral to reefs in the Florida Keys.
Coral Restoration Foundation
Coral reefs are large, complex three-dimensional structures that form over thousands of years, but only when biology, geology, chemistry and physical factors align under special circumstances.