For anyone who’s seen the coral that inhabits the many astounding ocean reefs around the world, it’s hard to deny that this form of marine life can be quite beautiful.
Whether you’re snorkeling above it, peering into its salt-water home from land, or simply having viewed it through pictures or videos, the effect it has on the scenery of underwater landscapes is remarkable.
However, regardless of how exquisite any type of coral may look, most people tend to be more interested in other, more animated and seemingly exciting types of ocean dwellers. Admit it – it’s likely that you’d get more excited about seeing a dolphin, sea-turtle, or large brightly-colored fish next to you in the water instead of what can sometimes just look like a stagnant, oddly shaped plant or rock.
However, in this fantastic time-lapsed video, you can really see how amazing coral life is.
Daniel Stoupin, a PHD student from the University of Queensland in Australia, put together his magnificent “Slow Life” video made up of thousands of high-quality, close up photos of coral.
The time lapse displays coral movement at speeds you’ve never seen before, truly demonstrating how amazing the marine life is. Set to very fitting, mysterious, and almost hypnotic sounding music, the video contains numerous incredible displays of coral movement.
The marine life seems to bloom before your eyes, moving, and shifting in amazing and unbelievable ways. The many types of coral grow and change, even displaying a wide range of beautiful colors, from pale pinks and vibrant greens to deep blues and purples. It’s an astounding sight that you have to see to believe!
But this video wasn’t made simply to entertain viewers with pretty displays of underwater life – it has a much deeper purpose. Not only does it bring attention to the beauty and excitement of coral that’s often taken for granted, but it also helps people become more aware of how crucial coral is to the entire ocean.
Stoupin goes into detail and gives fantastic explanations about coral, its contribution to the ocean, and the reasoning behind the video on his blog, if you’re interested in learning more. Known as “slow” marine life, given that it doesn’t move nearly as quickly as other types of life, coral displays many of the same types of actions as us humans.
While we may never notice, coral does things like grow, reproduce, and move from one spot to another, often away from unfavorable conditions. Their actions directly benefit the ocean, such as through their cycling of nutrients that makes coral reef existence possible. Yet, unfortunately, coral reefs are also threatened, and Stoupin’s video makes an important attempt to draw people’s awareness to the importance of this marine life.
Stoupin partially attributes the threat to coral reefs to the fact that humans are programmed to receive fast moving life much better than slow moving types. Forms of life that operate and change much more quickly than coral tends to resonate with us easier, and, as Stoupin explains, for us, sometimes life like coral is “literally indistinguishable from rock”.
But clearly, as you can see in this video, coral is well and alive, and moves just as much as anything else, albeit at a much slower speed. But you can’t deny that the marine life is an outstanding living spectacle that contributes greatly to the ocean and coral reefs throughout the entire planet.
Stoupin really makes a sincere point with his stunning array of time lapsed photographs that are both beautiful and for a positive cause. Go ahead and just try to take a look at this video, watching the coral move and grow magnificently before your eyes, and tell me it’s not outstanding – it’s impossible to see it as anything short of amazing.