Every year is the year of the reef for Nicole Helgason. A dive instructor for 10 years and a coral enthusiast, Helgason noticed that “divers pay very little attention to coral diversity.” She founded reefdivers.io and started writing about coral to help divers better appreciate its amazing diversity.
When 2018 was designated the International Year of the Reef — shining a spotlight on the myriad threats to coral reefs everywhere — we decided it was time to get to know our corals better. Starting this month, Helgason will share her passion for coral — and learning — in the pages of Scuba Diving magazine.
From Helgason you’ll learn to identify the corals you see on every dive. “Once you start spotting corals, your perception of the underwater landscape evolves,” Helgason says. “The term ‘coral reefs’ is too broad. A French angel is always a French angel, but not corals. The same coral can look totally different in a different environment.”
We hope our new Coral Spotter column will help you understand and appreciate those differences and, as Helgason says, be inspired to “see the reef with new eyes.”