August 20, 2014

Achilles Tang

Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic

In other places around the world, coral has been decimated by bleaching and disease, but the southern Line Islands’ reefs retain their resilience. Scientists believe the key to coral health is intact ecosystems, where all the native species—including planktivores such as the vividly marked Achilles tang seen here—play their part.

See more pictures from the September 2014 feature story “A World Apart: The Southern Line Islands.”

Learn more about the Pristine Seas initiative »

15 comments
pala lechat
pala lechat

Wow!! That is so beautiful, good job! Nice message too . . .

Christine Garner
Christine Garner

I love how your shutter speed captured them just at the right moment. Just enough to see them clearly, yet you show them in motion. Great photo!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Beautiful'  bubbles' with color,that are doing their part in keeping their ecosystems working. A picture worth many words,but I do not have the half of them to express myself. But I do have a lot to learn,as I go along with life and your shot each morning.  j.e.s........

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

There is so much beauty we are destroying without even realizing it.  This is amazing. 

Timur Ivanov
Timur Ivanov

i want this picture!!! i am so dissapointed that its personal but i agree with that

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