CORAL FLUORESCING

 

During the bleaching process, some corals produce fluorescent pigments that act as chemical sunscreens. Fluorescing is the reef’s beautiful last-ditch effort to save itself.

 

new caledonia, MARCH 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, MARCH 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

 
new caledonia, april 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, april 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

 
new caledonia, MARCH 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, MARCH 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

 
 
new caledonia, MARCH 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, MARCH 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

 
new caledonia, MARCH 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, MARCH 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

 
new caledonia, MARCH 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, MARCH 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

okinawa, japan, SEPT 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

okinawa, japan, SEPT 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

 
new caledonia, MARCH 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, MARCH 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

 
new caledonia, MARCH 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, MARCH 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

 
new caledonia, MARCH 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, MARCH 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

 

new caledonia, MARCH 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, MARCH 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

 
new caledonia, MARCH 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, MARCH 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, MARCH 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

new caledonia, MARCH 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

 
okinawa, japan, SEPT 2016 credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

okinawa, japan, SEPT 2016
credit: the ocean agency / xl catlin seaview survey

 
 

NATURAL FLUORESCING

 

Like using a blacklight above the surface, photographers use a combination of lights and filters underwater to highlight amazing fluorescent patterns on certain creatures. This type of fluorescence is a completely healthy, naturally occurring phenomenon.

 
 
Fluorescent Reef credit: alex tyrrell/ coral reef image bank

Fluorescent Reef
credit: alex tyrrell/ coral reef image bank

 
Lisa's Mantis Shrimp Fluorescence (Lysiosquillina lisa) credit: alex tyrell/ coral reef image bank

Lisa's Mantis Shrimp Fluorescence (Lysiosquillina lisa)
credit: alex tyrell/ coral reef image bank

 
Fimbriated Moray (Gymnothorax fimbriatus) credit: alex tyrrell/ coral reef image bank

Fimbriated Moray (Gymnothorax fimbriatus)
credit: alex tyrrell/ coral reef image bank