Taking the kids to the aquarium is a fine few hours of good fun. But it’s a good deal of enjoyment for me too, as the exotic fishes and creatures, fast, distorted in their pools, and with really challenging lighting, makes for a great opportunity to shoot. But there are some downsides to this educational and enjoyable experience. This post is not simply about beauty, but about coral reef survival, and about even our own means of acquiring fish from coral reefs.
Coral Reef Resistance and Resilience
There are a number of studies in the last year showing the strength and endurance of reefs. That doesn’t let us off the hook from reducing our polluting behavior, but it does tell us that while making such efforts in change (and change is already happening), we can know that the world’s coral reefs may yet have a few tricks up their colorful sleeves.
Breeding coral is now a possibility.
Coral resistance to global warming.
Shark babies survive in increasingly acidic waters.
Some Bad News
Aquarium life isn’t all beautiful, unfortunately. This one has a heavy price, and if I have any ethical sensitivity, I’ll mention it while viewing, admittedly, with awe. About 90% of all fish in US aquariums are captured by injecting cyanide into coral reef waters. That made me think twice about wanting to go to an aquarium again. In fact it makes me wince at my own work, as I write. Better to enjoy them live or via images.
All five of these images were edited using Snapseed. See more of my work using that app here. I present them both as a work of beauty and as a gallery for provoking thought about the fragile nature of reef life and how we impact it.