Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tioman 2008 Part 4

Here are some more underwater pics I took in Tioman. This set is all about hard and soft corals. No nudibranchs, I promise. :)

Corals comes in all shapes and sizes, soft and hard, and in all the colours of the rainbow.

Some of them live in harmony with certain species of fish in a symbiotic relationship which sees one party providing shelter and protection to another, in exchange of food or another form of protection.

Some hard corals take peculiar shapes which, to us, resemble land vegetation, like cabbage or flowers.

In truth, these fascinating sea creatures are nothing like their dry land counterparts. In fact they're not even plants. They're actually animals!

Mary Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?.....

With little blue bells and cockle shells....

And little bubble corals bunched up in a bow.

No need to spend trillion on a rocket to Mars, this is what Mars looks like. You don't believe me? Then go to Mars to prove me wrong!

Hmmm.... looks like a pottery class project gone awry.

This giant block of concrete was deliberately dropped into the sea as anchorage for ships and boats. I'm not sure if that's such a good idea considering the abundant reef in the vicinity.

And last but not least, this is what I would call a view from the top of a coral reef high rise building. That, or really really mouldy bread. ;)

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