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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
bubble coral

I'm an extremely slow diver and when I have my camera, I cover very little distance. On the lookout for special patterns and structures, I meticulously scan my environment. This is a macro shot of a part of a Plerogyra sinuosa, commonly known as bubble coral. It has grape-sized bubbles increasing their surface according to the amount of light available. At night, the bubbles are small and tentacles reach out to capture food.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2017
Date Uploaded: 10.2017
Photo Location: Romblon, Philippines
Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Copyright: © Silvie De Burie