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Corals are not plants, they are ancient animals related to jellyfish and anemones. Thousands of identical polyps live together and form a coral colony. Each polyp excretes a calcium carbonate exoskeleton beneath it and, over long periods of time, the skeletons of many coral colonies add up to build the structure of a coral reef. These reefs grow where there are stronger wave patterns and currents. The stronger currents and waves deliver more food for the ecosystem that creates the reef structure which helps to improve the surrounding water quality. They act as a filter that traps things floating in the water, which makes for cleaner water all around.
Raja Ampat - Some blue line snappers shot with my Nikon D750 - Tokina 10-17 lens. Amazing visibility and colours on the day. I was very lucky that I had great vis on the entire trip. These guys really do add some nice colours to the reef.
Spottail coris - Coris caudimaculata hunting in the Sand with a pair of Klein’s butterfly fish, is one of amazing cohabitations that you may encounter during a diving sesh at our center @sundiversmauritius. Check out their profile to discover their spectacular underwater pics. 📸: Our diving instructor @gerald_rambert
"If the Joker were a fish..." A mandarinfish dragonet (Synchiropus splendidus) is a very shy, intensely colourful fish rarely seen during the day, active at dusk. Also, covered in toxic slime. Ternate, Maluku, Indonesia. 17 Feb 2019. [Canon 5D m3]