If you have ever touched fire coral while snorkeling, please share your experience by commenting below.
How much did it hurt? What happened to your skin? How long did it take to stop hurting and heal up? What methods or medicines did you use to help the problem?
Fire Coral is common in very shallow water around the world. It is actually not coral, but is more closely related to hydrozoans, and it has stinging nematocysts. Even light contact with skin can cause intense pain, with after effects lasting up to a few weeks later. Deeper wounds can be more dangerous, because tissue necrosis may occur. There are a number of different varieties of it. But it is usually yellow in color, with a white top edge. It can have long blade like shapes, be in box shapes, or have many branches. See different pictures of fire corals from around the world here.