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Time-lapse show corals springing to life

By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 11, 2014 09:00 AM
We've said this many times before: Time-lapse photography can help us truly appreciate the meaningful movements of slow organisms like corals. Here is a collection of five fascinating short videos including an inflating bubble coral, zoas "flowering," leather corals taking shape, and a ricordea "bubbling over."
Time-lapse show corals springing to life

Coral awakening

These are time-lapse photography captured by youtube user ozguncyprus.  The first video shows a bubble coral inflating from from its skeleton into the recognizable appearance that gives it its namesake.


An amazing Ricordea sp. does a mesmerizing throbbing dance as it erupts to life.


It's difficult to appreciate zoanthids "blooming" in real time, but time-lapse really brings the process to life.


Another zoanthid "flowering" for good measure:


A finger leather takes on its tree-like form.

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.


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