Coral reef

Coral reef

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Caption: Coral reef. Coral consist of colonies of small animals called polyps. Hard coral polyps secrete calcium carbonate, which forms a protective skeleton around them. When a polyp dies the skeleton remains and new polyps grow on top of it, forming a coral reef. Photographed off Bonaire Island in the Netherlands Antilles.

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Keywords: animal, biological, biology, bonaire island, caribbean sea, coelenterate, colonial, colonies, colony, coral, corals, fauna, hard, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine biology, nature, netherlands antilles, panoramic, reef, sea fan, skeleton, underwater, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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