Extensive thickets and mounds of living staghorn coral dominate on the eastern reef terraces, though table and plate coral formations are also common. Staghorn, table, brain, rose, and plate corals are found on the reef slopes. Larger heads of lobe, disk, and brain corals - some up to 9 feet in diameter - are found along the deeper slopes. A total of 104 species of corals have now been reported at Baker through 2010. The island’s reefs probably suffered from the global coral bleaching event of 1997-98, and the corals have recovered rapidly. However, massive bleaching is underway at Baker Island as of February 2010.