UP CLOSE: CORAL

 

Turtles and sharks are stunning to see, but there’s even more beauty in the tiny, intricate creatures that make up coral reefs.

 

polyp close-up credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

polyp close-up
credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

 
Coral fluorescence at Nosy Be, Madagascar Credit: SIMON J. PIERCE/ coral reef image bank

Coral fluorescence at Nosy Be, Madagascar
Credit: SIMON J. PIERCE/ coral reef image bank

 
coral close-up credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

coral close-up
credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

 
coral close-up credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

coral close-up
credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

anemone credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

anemone
credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

 
coral close-up credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

coral close-up
credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

 
coral close-up credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

coral close-up
credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

 
polyp close-up credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

polyp close-up
credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

polyp close-up credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

polyp close-up
credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL SPAWNING, STAGHORN CORAL credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

CORAL SPAWNING, STAGHORN CORAL
credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

 
BRAIN CORAL AT NIGHT, Grand Cayman CREDIT: ELLEN CUYLAERTS/ coral reef image bank

BRAIN CORAL AT NIGHT, Grand Cayman
CREDIT: ELLEN CUYLAERTS/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

Great Star Coral at night, Grand Cayman CREDIT: ELLEN CUYLAERTS/ coral reef image bank

Great Star Coral at night, Grand Cayman
CREDIT: ELLEN CUYLAERTS/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL POLYPS credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

CORAL POLYPS
credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL POLYPS & TENTACLES credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

CORAL POLYPS & TENTACLES
credit: JAYNE JENKINS/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

 
CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank

CORAL UNDER UV LIGHT
CREDIT: RAMONA OSCHE/ coral reef image bank