Scuba diving at Looe Key, July 1, 2010

Note: The Deepwater Horizon disaster was ongoing at the time of this visit to the Keys, and while we were there we had the feeling that what we were looking at could soon be destroyed or seriously damaged by the huge oil slick a few hundred miles to the west. Fortunately, this did not happen.

Endangered Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis)
A brain coral (Diploria labyrinthiformis)
A stressed coral (Siderastrea) undergoing bleaching
Two shots of a rainbow parrotfish (Scarus guacamaia)
Two shots of a midnight parrotfish (Scarus coelestinus)
Blue parrotfish (Scarus coeruleus)
Large brain coral (Diploria strigosa)
Closeup of same large brain coral (above)
A brain coral (Diploria strigosa) growing on the skeleton of a dead Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata)

Elkhorn coral (Acropora palmata)
Part 1

Part 2

Stills from the two videos above:

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