Author: Francisco Javier Mas Ferrà
Species: madrèpora mediterrània
Scientific name: Cladocora caespitosa
Place of photography: Cala Olivera, Eivissa
The fluorescence of corals is due to the production of proteins that respond to light.
If the coral is weakened, by the warming of the seawater or by the increase in the acidity of the water, it produces little fluorescence.
The fluorescence emitted by this colony is indicative of its good health.
This photograph was the winner in the category ‘Marine and Terrestrial Species’ of the first edition of the contest ‘Fotografía la Diversidad Biológica de Baleares’