2018 marks the third International Year of the Coral Reef – a year to strengthen awareness about the value of, and threats to them. Over the next few days, we will reflect on the need to conserve these significant ecosystems that make it possible for many types of life to exist underwater.
To begin with, Coral reefs are made up of large colonies of little animals called coral polyps. There are two types of coral; hard and soft. Hard corals secrete a calcium carbonate skeleton, used for support, on which the entire colony grows. Soft corals don’t secrete this.
Seen here are two breathtaking images of hard and soft corals in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in India, shot by Nandakumar MN and his 16 year old son Dheeraj Kumar Nanda - both deeply passionate about capturing and showcasing the world that thrives under the sea. #coral#coralreef#diver#scubadiving#andamansea#yearofthecoralreef#marineconservationsociety