Siderastrea siderea, Starlet Corals Spawning

Good morning friends, last night was the first of three nights of coral spawning for the month of September. I completely missed the August spawning but never the less this month is usually always the best. Like every year 7 days after the full moon corals around the world all release eggs and sperm into the water column in hopes of growing new corals and insuring it’s species will survive. The downside for me is the time in which this all happens, I mean I am usually fast asleep by the time this event is just starting. Aimee went with me last night but only for shore support and to help me get my giant camera in and out of the water, it’s impossible for me to do alone as it’s so cumbersome and heavy. I jumped in at 9:30 by myself and off I went in search of any possible star-corals that might spawn but ended up finding everything but those

Healthy Curacao 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

Smashed Yellow Pencil Corals

Good evening all, what a day!! I went with the Sirenas sponge group to Fuik Bay today (aboard a Boston whaler) and photographed some new sponges in shallow water that were attached to mangrove roots, talk about a fun adventure, I’ll post a photo tomorrow.  Your photo today is a giant colony of Yellow Pencil corals that just got destroyed by a careless fisherman tossing his anchor overboard onto these fragile corals, what a major disaster! Below is an older photo from last year of the exact same colony before it got destroyed, what a difference….

Clubtip Finger Corals, Anchor Damage

Good morning one and all, I have your weekly “how are the corals doing update” and once again the answer will be… NOT GOOD! The top photo shows a healthy area or colony of super delicate, Clubtip Finger Corals right here on the Sea Aquarium house reef and the two bottom photos show what happens to them when an anchor is dropped on them for an extended amount of time! Talk about total destruction!! Most of the time when anchors are dropped by the local fisherman they don’t just land on the reef and stay in one place, they move around and just keep destroying the corals as you see here and will eventually create a monster sized crater pulverizing the corals to dust, it’s so sad.

Delicate Rose Lace Coral

Well folks, I’m wiped out after another day of non-stop diving in freezing Caribbean water, I just want to go to bed!!! I still have my intern for one more day, we both did a long photo dive at 4:00 today and I had to exit early due to freezing hands, I hate this time of year for diving.. I have a little, very delicate Rose Lace coral for you all today that I shot in the mouth of a little cave on our Substation house reef. This hydrocoral form small colonies, with up to 7 cm high by 11 cm wide. If you look closely the polyps have an appearance of hair when extended, but because the corals are so small they are hard to see
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