Lettuce coral with cerulean and domino damselfish

Coral head that looks like lettuce sits on sandy bottom in clear blue water and is surrounded by brightly colored fish.

Detailed Description

Cerulean damselfish dart around lettuce coral off the Cape Range National Park along the Ningaloo Coast in Western Australia. USGS researchers combined forces with Australian colleagues in this UNESCO World Heritage Site to conduct the most extensive study of how erosion of reefs contribute sand to the beaches—a coast’s natural armor. With the threat of a rising sea and changes to the climate, understanding this connection can tell us how resilient the coast will be.


Image Dimensions: 3288 x 2382

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Location Taken: Ningaloo, WA, AU