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brain coral near Grand Caymans


brain coral near Grand Caymans
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Copyright: John Berger (diverjohn) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 44 N: 96] (750)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-04
Categories: Cnidarians
Camera: Canon PowerShot A85
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-16 5:50
Viewed: 3479
Points: 1
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The brain coral, ubiquitous colony of the Caribbean.
Coral is nature's condominium: each little unit is created by a tiny creature that excretes calcium compounds to build the walls of its tiny home. The coral grows as each coral creature reproduces then dies, leaving its offspring to add to the "condominium".
Fish gather to corals to feed, sleep, and to hide from predators, much as birds flock to trees on land.

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