Close-up Coral

On our recent expedition to Roatan, I was able to take some striking close-ups of coral using a 60mm macro lens on my new camera setup. While corals often look like plants, they are actually animals – colonies of individual polyps that together build the structures we think of as coral. Viewed very close up gives one a strikingly different take on the look of coral. Here you can see the polyps extended:


Here you can see how different a coral looks when the polyps are retracted, giving the coral a knobby look:


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