Elkhorn Coral Polyps

Good morning all, Hurricane Matthew passed by last night with almost no activity here in Curacao?? At 5:00am it was hitting Aruba and the tail was hitting Bonaire but so far we are good other than rough seas and overcast skies and very little rain.  I have a macro shot of the beautiful root-beer colored polyps on an Endangered elkhorn coral that I shot right out in front of the Substation. We have only one live elkhorn on our small reef, it sits clinging to side of a boulder at around 25-30 feet and I see it overtime I head out for a dive with the submersible. 

Endangered Elkhorn Coral

ABOUT Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last 12 years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest. General

Endangered Corals, Endangered Staghorn Corals

Good morning friends, I’m back in Curacao after a week of dining like a King and driving around Miami, it was fun while it lasted. I must say I was surprised to find so many Spanish speaking folks in Miami, at one point when I was at Walmart I thought I was back in Mexico and really felt out of place, kind of like I do here in Curacao. I can now that we are all going to have to learn Spanish if we are to exist in the States any more, I had a hard time just ordering a coffee and food at Dunkin Donuts.  I have an old colony of rare, endangered Staghorn coral for you today that has new growth popping out over the old colony. What I find interesting about this is, I thought it was all dead because the last time I saw this colony it looked brown and black and was all covered in moss, amazing how it found a way to hold on and now has all this new growth.

New Healthy Staghorn Corals

ABOUT Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last 12 years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest. General
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