16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A microscopic amphipod

Coral reefs host incalculable amounts of life - providing a home, food and shelter for an array of marine organisms. With the naked eye - thousands of specimens are visible. But what about the organisms too small to ever notice? What part do they play in maintaining our oceans? Vital to life on earth, micro-organisms allow for the immense biodiversity found across our oceans. Feeding on organic waste, and forming the very foundation of our food chain, these microscopic creatures play a role so important that entire ecosystems would completely collapse without them.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 04.2018
Date Uploaded: 08.2018
Photo Location: Falmouth, United Kingdom
Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Copyright: © Cherie Bridges