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Time-lapse photography of GBR shows reef-life moving with purpose

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jan 20, 2014 09:00 AM
We've said it before: When it comes to slow moving organisms like corals and reef inverts, time-lapse photography really helps us understand these are animals with meaningful movements.
Time-lapse photography of GBR shows reef-life moving with purpose

A menagerie of Great Barrer Reef life

Dr. Bongaerts of University of Queensland's Global Change Institute recorded a variety of reef life on the Great Barrier Reef over the course of five years.  Thousands of independent photos were stitched together into this time-lapse video below, which shows:

  • Tide rising over a shallow Acropora reef
  • A pipe organ coral "blooming"
  • An upside-down Heliofungia sp. plate coral flipping itself over
  • Another coral moving sand off of itself
  • Sea cucumbers and starfish scurrying about

Other footage include this sea cucumber "sniffing" out the sandy seafloor for detritus to eat:

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... and corals attacking each other with deadly mesenterial filaments:

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[via Daily Mail]

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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