An ocean surprise, flickering lights
Lightning, and the roaring of waves
The coast twists and turns, taking
Me down an ancient pathway, underneath
A million glittering stars, in the distance
Drifting boats and refineries light up
The horizon, jellyfish sting me feet, in
Shoals that glow, I’ve always been attracted
To the sea, the tide, the dark endless depths
And brilliant life, I hang my head, in recognition
Of the bleached coral reefs, sitting here
Taking it all in, awaiting you, on the beach

Watch on

Swimming with turtles on an Hawaiian Coral Reef

ecosystems coral reef

diverse underwater ecosystems held together by calcium carbonate structures secreted by corals. Coral reefs are built by colonies of tiny animals found in marine waters that contain few nutrients. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, which in turn consist of polyps that cluster in groups. The polyps belong to a group of animals known as Cnidaria, which also includes sea anemones and jellyfish.