Winning Image: Soft Corals and Scalefin Anthias
CREDIT: Bill Lamp'l/Rosensteil School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
This image, which is of a scalefin anthias around soft corals, earned Bill Lamp’l third place for wide angle in a student underwater photography contest run by the University of Miami's Rosensteil School of Marine & Atmospheric Science. Lamp'l took the photo in the waters off Bligh Water, Fiji.
Soft corals are spiny reef-builders that do not produce calcium structures. Scalefin Anthias are colorful fish that travel in schools and live near soft coral reefs. These fish are born female and switch sexes only when an opening for a male to lead a harem occurs.
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