Corals and Other Reef Creatures

Today is my first day on the Great Barrier Reef with the Khaled Bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. We did a short checkout dive and I used the opportunity to take some pictures and practice my coral identification. The good news is that the Great Barrier Reef is a sufficiently photogenic environment that it makes my pictures look good. The bad news is that I needed a certain amount of help to identify these species.

A gorgeous Pachyseris spp. colony.
A gorgeous Pachyseris spp. colony.
Sea cucumbers don't actually eat coral, but this guy sure looks like he's thinking about it.
Sea cucumbers don’t actually eat coral, but this guy sure looks like he’s thinking about it.
Red emperor snapper looking very regal.
Red emperor snapper looking very regal.
Small Gardinoseris spp. colony.
Small Gardinoseris spp. colony.

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