18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Splashes of Color

These strange looking animals called sea squirts (or asicidians) that just sit on the reef filtering water all day can be so amazingly colorful. These ones look like someone just spilled some yellow and purple paint on them.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Ambitle Island, Papua New Guinea
Copyright: © Tom Shlesinger