Coral morphological variability reflects either genetic differences or environmentally induced phenotypic plasticity. We present two coral species that sense gravity and accordingly alter their morphology, as characterized by their slenderness (height to diameter) ratio (SR). We experimentally altered the direction (and intensity) of the gravitational resultant force acting along or perpendicular to the main body axis of coral polyps. We also manipulated light direction, in order to uncouple gravity and light effects on coral development. In the experiments, vertically growing polyps had significantly higher SR than their horizontal siblings even when grown in a centrifuge (experiencing different resultant gravitational forces in proximal and distal positions). Lowest SR was in horizontal side‐illuminated polyps, and highest in vertical top‐illuminated polyps. Adult colonies in situ showed the same pattern. Gravitational intensity also affected polyp growth form. However, polyp volume, dry skeleton weight and density in the various centrifuge positions, and in aquaria experiments, did not differ significantly. This reflects the coral's ability to sense altered gravity direction and intensity, and to react by changing the development pattern of their body morphology, but not the amount of skeleton deposited.