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The brain

  • Posted June 18, 2008 by Monika in Abouthesea. Viewed 4132 times

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The brain coral (Diploria sp.)

These corals get their common name from the grooves and channels on their surfaces that look like the folds of the human brain. There's more than one kind of “brain coral”—several species from two different families of corals share the name—but all help build coral reefs.
While staghorn corals grow rapidly to gain new territory, slow-growing brain corals rely on brawn. They hold their ground by being solid and strong enough to withstand the storms that pound more delicate corals to rubble.

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    • # Lotofoto

      Oh WOW!
      Your underwater photos are simply amazing! What wonderful work!
      I tried a few underwater shots (August 17, 2008) and discovered how truly difficult it is.
      I don't know how you'd ever get the true colors without all of the blue overtones but you've done a superb job.

      2008.09.05 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Gary

      Never seen such a big brain coral in Hong Kong. very very nice.

      2008.06.19 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jan

      I like they way you put the sun in that first shot, not to bright, its perfect. Sure would love to see that strange world once...

      2008.06.18 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jacki

      Beautiful shots... it's nice to have them all for the perspective, the last is my favorite!

      2008.06.18 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Shawn Seah

      I love this set. The first one is really well composed. I like details involved in the composition. =)

      2008.06.18 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Mario Jean

      Thanks a lot for sharing these photos and informations.
      Very beautiful and interesting and, as usual, superbly done.

      I agree with Emmeline, #1 stands out, just like every photo you post here, in fact! ;-)

      2008.06.18 Edited Reply Cancel