Feeding tentacles of acropora hard coral, Misool, West Papua, Indonesia.
As well as using symbiotic zooxanthellae to harness energy from the sun, hard corals are also predators. They use tentacles armed with stinging cells to capture small zooplankton drifting by. The strong currents in the Misool area create perfect conditions for filter feeders such as soft corals, sea fans and sponges and on most areas, the rocky substrate is literally carpeted in life. The reefs of Raja Ampat are some of the most diverse and healthiest in the world.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download