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40 Wonders of the Coral Reef ...

By Neecey

The coral reefs are some of the most delicate and fragile ecosystems of the world. They are incredible havens for all sorts of amazing wildlife and we really should look after them better. I'm sharing some wonderful pictures of the coral reefs, keeping my fingers crossed that they're still be there for future generations and pictures won't just be memories.

1 Playa Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Playa Tamarindo, Costa RicaA tranquil ocean scene where you'll never imagine a coral reef teeming with life lies just below the surface.

2 Namena Marine Reserve, Fiji

Namena Marine Reserve, FijiVia Namena Soft Corals 1
There are hard corals and soft corals. These are soft.

3 Feather Starfish

Feather StarfishVia Natures Doorways
Coral reefs are home to the most colorful marine creatures found anywhere.

4 The Great Barrier Reef

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef is the longest coral reef in the world.

5 Blue Ringed Octopus

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This poisonous creature roams the Australian reefs.

6 Colorful Tropical Fish

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There's no definitive answer to the question how many different forms of life the coral reefs support.

7 Red Sea

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The coral reefs in the Red Sea make it one of the premier diving spots outside of the tropics and the world's major reef systems.

8 Sea Horse

Sea HorseVia Морской конек
Among the amazing array of reef creatures, the sea horse is still one of the most wondrous in that it's the male that carries the babies and gives birth.

9 Harlequin Shrimp

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He looks too pretty to be caught and eaten on a seafood platter ^_^

10 Green Chromis

Green ChromisVia Castles Crowns and Cottages
This is a species of damselfish.

11 Fusilier Fish

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This magnificent picture of a shoal of stunning blue fish was shot off Malaysia.

12 Sea Anemones

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Sea anemones are predatory animals that anchor themselves to the reefs.

13 Zoanthus Corals

Zoanthus CoralsVia Dos Mares do Sul
Known as "carpet coral", they can spread to completely cover a rock with brightly colored circular patterns. They're popular with hobby fish keepers.

14 Stunning Colors

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The real Nemo.

15 Triton

TritonVia Triton's trumpet, redux
Predatory sea snails range in size from very small to huge.

16 Maori Wrasse

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AKA the Napoleon Fish, it can change from female to male, and there is only one male per territory. If he disappears, the largest female will change sex to male. .

17 Hayman Island, Queensland

Hayman Island, QueenslandVia orangefish
Incredible colors abound.

18 Maui, Hawaii

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Several green sea turtles gather at a cleaning station on the reef.

19 Emperor Angle Fish

Emperor Angle FishVia angelfish
Reef fish are so much more colorful and heavily patterned than deep sea and cold ocean fish.

20 Bright Red Gorgonian Soft Coral Flares

Bright Red Gorgonian Soft Coral FlaresVia Bright Red Gorgonian Soft Coral ...
One of the most brightly colored corals.

21 Coral Reef Fish

Coral Reef FishVia Fish
The colors are kaleidoscopic.

22 Belize Barrier Reef

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The Belize reef is home to more than 100 different kinds of coral and some 500 species of fish.

23 Lacy Coral

Lacy CoralVia Sea fans
It looks like a skeleton leaf.

24 Roatán Coral Reef

Roatán Coral ReefVia Roatan Coral reef scene
The Roatán reef (Honduras) is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the Caribbean Sea - off the coast of Central America.

25 Blue Button Jelly Fish

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It's not actually a jellyfish but a polyp.

26 Yellow Cabbage Coral

Yellow Cabbage CoralVia Underwater Photographer Noam Kortler's Gallery
Corals really are such fantastical shapes.

27 Lionfish

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The lionfish is a venomous fish and a major predator on the coral reefs.

28 Starfish

I've always thought starfish were just a sandy brown color.

29 Maldives

The corals will waft with the movement of the waves like your hair blowing in the breeze.

30 Heart Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef throws some amazing shapes.

31 Bubble Coral

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It's obvious where that name comes from.

32 Great Barrier Reef

Via Great Barrier Reef, Australia
When you go scuba diving on the reefs you have to share your water space with loads of fish.

33 Corals

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OMG look at that electric orange and acid green, not to mention the pink and turquoise.

34 White Corals

White CoralsVia Onirisme
The white corals are just as stunning as the colored corals.

35 Lettuce Sea Slug

Lettuce Sea SlugVia Underwater Photographer Stan Bysshe's Gallery: ...
It looks like a plant but it's actually a marine gastropod mollusk.

36 Red Sea

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Red fish in the Red Sea.

37 Purple Haze

Purple HazeVia Underwater by Dan Holm
It doesn't have to be multi-colored and garish to be beautiful.

38 Montipora Capricornis

Montipora CapricornisVia I'd Like to Avoid a ...
A common coral in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

39 It's Yellow

It's YellowVia All sizes | star scape ...
The muted palette is just wonderful.

40 It's a Rainbow

It's a RainbowVia Sea Creatures – Amazing Pictures ...
But there's something extra special when you see all the colors of the rainbow.

Have you dived or snorkeled coral reefs? I've snorkeled a bit and up close, reefs are a truly amazing sight.

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