This bluehead wrasse is a male that used to be a female and had a totally different appearance.
The mystery and wonder of nature is revealed in a close-up of a species of brain coral.
This community of corals is responsible for maintaining the reef – as the reef is eroded naturally, these corals constantly repair and renew the reef with new growth.
Up close this brain coral becomes a labyrinth of color and form.
A cleaner goby patiently waits for a customer that it will clean and rid of its parasites.
This coral crab emerges under the cover of darkness to forage on the reef for dinner.
Individual polyps of this soft coral have delicate tentacles that sting and capture tiny worms and crustaceans for food.
The beautiful flamingo tongue snail sports wild colors to warn that it tastes as bad as the sea fan that it eats.
A resident of Dorado Beach coastal waters, this manatee is home to remoras or sucker fish.
This lionfish is a beautiful but unwelcome intruder to the Caribbean, having been taken from the Indo-Pacific Ocean and then released from aquaria in Florida over 10 years ago.
This star coral expands its tentacles at night to catch plankton drifting in the waters after dark.
This octopus stretches out as it proceeds across the bottom searching for a meal of crustaceans.
These feather duster worms use delicate gills to get oxygen AND to catch food drifting in the water.
The reef provides endless expressions abstract art, like the beauty of this basketstar wrapped around itself in the daytime.