A story so full of win we don't know where to begin
Staff Sgt. Pete Quintanilla, left, learns from a youth member of SCUBAnauts International how to transplant staghorn coral during the annual Mote Marine Lab coral’s mitigation project. Photo credit: COMBAT WOUNDED VETERAN CHALLENGE
The Tampa Bay Tribune published a fabulous piece this week about a story that "meld[s] science with the triumph of the human spirit." It wouldn't do their article justice to simply retell the story, so here is a link to Howard Altman's report.
To summarize: The J.E. Hanger College of Orthotics and Prosthetics at St. Petersburg College has set out to design improved prosthetic limbs to help wounded veterans swim better. In turn, veterans participating in the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge are assisting the coral reef restoration efforts of the Mote Marine Laboratory by growing staghorn frags (Acropora cervicornis) alongside youth volunteers.