The most important living organisms that play the key functions in the biosphere might not seem exciting when it comes to motion. Plants, fungi, sponges, corals, plankton, and microorganisms make life on Earth possible and do all the hard biochemical job.

“Slow” marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable on different time scales compared to our own and requires time lapse photography to be revealed. These microoragnisms build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives.

Watch Daniel Stoupin’s film:   Slow Life.

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In answer to a common question: yes, colors are real, no digital enhancement, just white balance correction with curves. When photographers use white light on corals, they simply miss the vast majority of colors.