Home Features SOFT CORAL IN MEDIUM FORMAT

SOFT CORAL IN MEDIUM FORMAT


Every time I’m back from one of my trips in the hot and clear waters of the Red Sea, the colours of the alcionarian remain in my eyes and memory for days; they are certainly the most fascinating living creatures among those that could be found in the coral reefs. To move around the dedalus of these “animal forests” is certainly one of the most unforgettable and fascinating underwater experience; similar to day dreaming. These soft corals with arborescent shape are built by the union of small polyps, with eight tentacles (octocoral), each of them with a poisonous dart, a mouth and a stomach; they react, if chemically stimulated, they catch small organisms that are in suspension nearby, first by paralyzing them, then by eating them, thus contributing to the survival of the entire colony.
Some Red Sea reefs show an extraordinary concentration of alcionarian especially in the slope of the barrier facing the open sea, or those mainly exposed to the dominating current as they create the best conditions to the prosperity of the colony, by bringing the nutritional substances. It is really amazing, to see, when diving, complete sections of barrier, completely covered by alcionarian of different morphologies and colours; it is interesting to see how they eat with their convected polyps and with their arborescent structure full of water, and how challenge violent currents without any risk of breaking, because of their elastic structure, even more resistant thanks to the calcareous scales that make the stem stronger.
 
These huge aggregations, so complex that seem to challenge the gravity force are either light coloured, bright red, white, yellow, orange, pink or violet, with a variety which is very difficult to describe in words and photography; the latter, in my opinion, can only partially express the beauty of these animals and narrate the emotions arising from these meetings. Even though I posses many images in my files, everytime I meet a particularly beautiful flexible coral I must take a photo. What amazes me is their capacity to settle down pratically on any solid substrate, whether a wreck, an old abandoned  hawser, a coral rock or a skeleton of a dead gorgonian, bringing it to life again. The arboreal and translucent structure of the Dendronephtya species, which transmits light like an optic fiber, that becomes luminescent is the most loved among the underwater photographers of the whole world because it offers them an infinity of starting points.
 
These corals have always given me the sensation to be fragile; when I’m with my cameras, in the oneiric and unreal world of the alcionarian, I’m always careful as I were in an art crystal gallery; the calcareous scales of some of them are of a golden colour and this contributes in rendering these jewels of the Red Sea, even more precious to my eyes.

 

 

Read More in H2O


dsc_0003.jpg
Technical diving is an extreme sport within the diving world, and like any other activity, the people who push their sport to the limit demand better
padi-0.jpg
September 17th is the 20th Anniversary of International Cleanup Day. Once again, SCUBA divers around the world will join in and contribute to make
alpha%20copy.jpg
With the continued advances in diving equipment technology, more and more recreational divers are now looking for a professional performance from
Banner

Coming Issue

 

Next edition in English

    next English issue will be available in March  ...

Calendar of events

February 2018 March 2018
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28
Post Your Event Post Your Event

More Articles

THE DOUBLE-ENDED NEEDLEHORSE

New evidence in the Red Sea, the family of Pipefish’s/ Seahorses have been found at our Hurghada diving sites. The species Solegnathus includes the Pipefish as well. They are considered to be ...
Read More...

SS Maidan's secret revealed !

If you think there are no more secrets hiding in the deep waters of the Red Sea you are mistaken. Many rumours as to the whereabouts of the wreck of the British Steamship Maidan have circulated amo...
Read More...

DIVE FOR DEBRIS

September 17th is the 20th Anniversary of International Cleanup Day. Once again, SCUBA divers around the world will join in and contribute to make this year’s cleanup the largest effort yet, by ...
Read More...

Lightweight BCD from Scubapro

The New T-One Jacket from SCUBAPRO has been equipped with numerous new features and is the perfect entry level and travel jacket. ...
Read More...

Look But Leave

Few are the people who know that regardless of what type they are, shells serve the same purpose all around the world: they clean out impurities and make the water cleaner. In this sense we can say ...
Read More...

H2O Newsletter


Get diving news, trends, and business information delivered directly to your inbox!

Advertisement

Banner