20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Coral collection

Corals are threathened by climatic changes. Some conservation programs try to protect reefs and to save coral species through a very manual process: small coral samples are taken on healthy subjects and grown in protected places before they get big and strong enough to be put back in the reef as new corals. This picture illustrates a very colourful collection of coral species slowly growing under constant monitoring of their "gardener".

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Date Taken: 08.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Fiji
Copyright: © Gilles Auroux