I wasn't sure about posting this whole video, but here it is!
At first this was just supposed to be a time-lapse of one of my corals waking up. But I ended up with a little clip that (I really hope) communicates the emotion feel whenever I see the creatures that live in the ocean. It reminds me of seeing your favorite work of art, or hearing your favorite song for the first time. Only it's like that every single time. I don't know if I'll ever be able to describe it in words, but I hope this video is a start!
I ended up having really good luck shooting this, and some of the shots here remind me of work by my absolute favorite artist, @wyland
You'll see how some of the animals in my Western Pacific-themed reef tank spend most of their day. The minty green candy-cane corals expand their bodies, exposing their symbiotic algae to sunlight. And the gold Watchman Gobies guard their burrow and pounce on crustaceans in the nearby sandbed.
And I think you'll notice one animal on the reef undergoes a really special transformation. Check out the pearly white bubble coral. At night, the animal retreats into the safety of it's ribbed, stony skeleton. But at sunrise, a chain reaction begins. Light from the sun hits receptors in the Coral's tentacles, which send signals to it's cells to start absorbing water. It's cells flooding with seawater, the coral inflates and emerges from it's skeleton.
The time-lapse footage taken by me and @noahvaks let's us see this miracle unfold in just 9 seconds - it's literally the coral waking up! How often do you get to watch that!? Let me know what you think in the comments!
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