Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network, 03/06/14 01:03:35 PM
Oftentimes, time-lapse photography is used to show the beauty of night skies or breathtaking landscapes. But one researcher has used the technology to shed light on the secret life of coral.
Researcher Pim Bongaerts explains, "We haven't really seen coral as living animals that can show responses. What always frustrated me is that you always, when you're diving, you only get to see these snapshots of these processes that occur on coral reefs. And out of this frustration, really, I started playing with the idea of using time-lapse to start documenting some of these processes."
In the video below, you can see coral moving, opening up like flowers, and even fighting. (via Smithsonian)