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NOAA's Coral Kingdom Collection
Catalog of Images

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The precious black corals are also common on the wall faces, rarely above 150 ft depth due to prior harvesting for the jewelry trade.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 27
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As light becomes limiting in the deep reef fewer hard corals are able to survive, but many species of soft corals and black corals serve the same functional role as habitat and/or food.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007
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The biodiversity of vertical walls can be impressive, as this photo from the Indo-Pacific region demonstrates.
Pacific Ocean, Western Tropical 2007
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This lettuce coral (Agaricia sp.) is one of the most common corals on the reefs of Little Cayman. The natural color is light tan, but this colony has dark pigmented areas commonly known as Dark Spot Syndrome. The coral is nestled among bright orange sponges (Ectyoplasia ferox).
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 21
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Black Band Disease was one of the first coral diseases identified back in the 1970s, and is still one of the most prevalent diseases on reefs worldwide. The disease forms a black band of microorganisms that progresses across the coral surface leaving dead white skeleton behind, like that on this brain coral (Diploria strigosa).
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 21
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In general, most microorganisms are too small to be seen with the naked eye. However, these tufts of filamentous cyanobacteria form large accumulations of individual microscopic cells that are visible. Cyanobacteria often form large aggregations that produce toxins and are detrimental to marine organisms and humans, collectively called harmful algal blooms.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 25
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This blushing star coral (Stephanocoenia mechelinii) is severely affected by Dark Spot Syndrome. Although this syndrome rarely kills corals, it can cause localized mortality of coral tissues, as seen in the center of this colony.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 21
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Cyanobacteria are increasingly common on Caribbean coral reefs and are frequently found overgrowing benthic organisms such as this soft coral (Eunicea sp.). Although some cyanobacteria form symbiotic relationships with a host organism, others are detrimental and can cause tissue necrosis and mortality.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 25
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Looking up to the shallows from below through a window on the reef provides a glimpse of the reef. Built by thousands of years of coral deposition, these outcroppings serve as homes for many species, including corals, fishes and sponges.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 21
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Montastrea cavernosa exhibiting green fluorescence only. These are found everywhere from shallow water to deep.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 24
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Monsatrea cavernosa exhibiting orange fluorescence and green fluorescence in the mouth of the polyps.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 24
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Mussa angulosa, a single polyp, is showing green fluorescence. This sample was found at 60 to 70 foot depth.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 24
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Two examples of the solitary coral, scolymia cubensis, found at a depth of 150 feet. The one on the left is showing red and green fluorescence pattern that differs from the one on the right.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 24
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A hermit crab found at the steps of the Little Cayman Research Center.
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May 30
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One of the earliest rebreather designs. In 1680, Giovanni Borelli envisioned a diver carrying a large bag of air from which the diver breathed as necessary.
2007
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A diver explores the vertical distribution of corals on a Pacific wall.
Pacific Ocean, Western Tropical 2007
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Snorkler off the Harbor Branch ship SEWARD JOHNSON enjoying the western Bahamas reef environment.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Brain coral and algae. White carbonate sands, shallow waters, and coral rock must tend to attenuate colors as corals and overall environment much less colorful than many other coral reef environments.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Yellow sea fan, algae, and fire coral. Sea fans are a type of gorgonian coral.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Yellow sea fan with flamingo tongue cowry.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Sea rod gorgonian coral with polyps extended, fire coral in right background, trumpetfish (Aulostomus maculatus) camouflaging self by blending in with sea rods.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Sea rod gorgonian coral with polyps extended and trumpetfish (Aulostomus maculatus) camouflaging self by blending in with sea rods.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Snorkelers over massive brain coral.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Massive brain coral showing distinctive patterning. See reef3894 for scale.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Christmas tree worm on massive brain coral see reef3894 and reef 3895 for scale.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Flamingo tongue cowrie on greenish-yellow sea fan. Sea fans are gorgonian corals.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Green sponge
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Black coral branches on white carbonate sediment background.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Fire coral.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Fire coral
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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A long empty queen conch shell with small tube worms colonizing its insides.
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Yellow gorgonian coral sea fan
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Cowrie shell
Caribbean Sea, Bahamas 2009 July 24
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Orange sponge (Mycale mucifluens)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Pink shallow sponge (Ircinia sp.)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Sponge (Ircinia sp.)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Sponge -Verongula sp.(aff rigida)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Sponge -Verongula sp.(aff rigida)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Sponge (Smenospongia aurea)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Sponge (Smenospongia aurea)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Sponge (Oscarella sp.)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Sponge (Mycale jamacensis)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Cake shaped sponge (Topsentia ophiraphidites)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Sponge (Spirastrella sp. aff hartmani)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Sponge (Mycale jamacensis)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Yellow sponge (Agelas sp. aff tubulata)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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White dirty sponge (Topsentia sp.)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Sponge (Aka coralliophagum f. incrustans)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Sponge (Aplysina sp. fistulata)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May
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Sponge (Clathria schoenus ?)
Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands 2007 May

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