Weekend Diversion: The Amazing Life of Coral Reefs (Synopsis)

Ten percent of the big fish still remain. There are still some blue whales. There are still some krill in Antarctica. There are a few oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Half the coral reefs are still in pretty good shape, a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet. There’s still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.” -Sylvia Earle

Each and every weekend, I'm committed to bringing you a unique and wondrous story about the Universe, along with a song to take you through it. This weekend's song comes from Laura Veirs, who sings about the beauty of a little piece of the world at night in

Ocean Night Song.

 But it's something else that happens at night in the ocean that I want to share with you.

Image credit: flickr user Nazir Amin, under C.C.-by-2.0, via http://www.flickr.com/people/26273376@N00. Image credit: flickr user Nazir Amin, under C.C.-by-2.0, via http://www.flickr.com/people/26273376@N00.

When the Sun goes down, the corals and sponges present on living reefs truly come to life, and they've been captured in a way I've never seen before, and simply had to share with you.

Go read (and watch) the whole thing, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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Wow! Awesome find Ethan. Thanx for sharing. As a diver and photo enthusiast... all I can say I was blown away.

By Sinisa Lazarek (not verified) on 30 Mar 2014 #permalink

That coral looks just like a camel's face...

That was the most amazing mind blowing video I've seen to this day. I must say after watching that I have a different take on what is under our deep blue oceans and understand more of the importance of looking after our water baths worldwide everything we do whether it be pollution or not affects the animal diversity in our oceans and we should be appreciating and learning more and also educate school children more of what the deep blue oceans posses which is majority of our organisms.

By A.Z Mhlongo 14103682 (not verified) on 04 May 2014 #permalink