03 12 15 - 17:31
When you are diving on the beautiful reefs of Bali, did you realize that these reefs where formed 10,000 years ago and are unlike anything else on the planet?
So when you are busy taking pictures of the many species of fish, clams and many other animals and plants, take a moment to take a closer look at the reefs itself, the most colorful and diverse ecosystem in the world.
Most people think corals are plants, but they are actually animals related to the jellyfish and anemones. Reefs are formed because a group of tiny organisms, called coral polyps, die. These animals, which are attached to the ocean floor, leave behind their hard limestone skeleton. The next generation of polyps uses these skeletons, eventually resulting into these amazing shaped structures we now know amongst others as staghorn, elkhorn, brain, mushroom and pillar corals. All these different structures provide a valuable habitat for the fish and other animals that makes diving around Bali so interesting.