Weekend Diversion: The Amazing Life of Coral Reefs (Synopsis)

Ten percent of the big fish still remain. There are still some blue whales. There are still some krill in Antarctica. There are a few oysters in Chesapeake Bay. Half the coral reefs are still in pretty good shape, a jeweled belt around the middle of the planet. There’s still time, but not a lot, to turn things around.” -Sylvia Earle

Each and every weekend, I’m committed to bringing you a unique and wondrous story about the Universe, along with a song to take you through it. This weekend’s song comes from Laura Veirs, who sings about the beauty of a little piece of the world at night in

Ocean Night Song.

 But it’s something else that happens at night in the ocean that I want to share with you.

Image credit: flickr user Nazir Amin, under C.C.-by-2.0, via http://www.flickr.com/people/26273376@N00.
Image credit: flickr user Nazir Amin, under C.C.-by-2.0, via http://www.flickr.com/people/26273376@N00.

When the Sun goes down, the corals and sponges present on living reefs truly come to life, and they’ve been captured in a way I’ve never seen before, and simply had to share with you.

Go read (and watch) the whole thing, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!