Corals are fascinating invertebrates belonging to a large group of intriguing & colourful animals called Cnidaria, including jelly fish and sea anemones. Each individual coral is called a polyp and live in large groups to form a colony. The most unique feature of corals is the highly evolved form of symbiosis. The polyps have developed this relationship with a microscopic single celled algae known as zooxanthellae. The symbiosis between plant and animal contribute to the brilliant colours of coral.
Corals are an indispensable part of the marine ecosystem. It is more than ever necessary to have rigorous control on the adverse marine and terrestrial human activities that can easily cause harmful impacts on coral reefs.
An ancient reef or fragment of a reef relict located on the beach of La Mivoie at Tamarin can provide clues to what will happen to corals when the sea temperature rises and sea water recedes. Distinctive fossil corals can be seen on the relict. Many corals have a hard exoskeleton made of calcium carbonate and when the corals die, it is the exoskeleton that is usually fossilised
Black & white and colour pictures shot with a Nikon DSLR camera on La preneuse Beach.
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