The colors of the wind, the colors of a rainbow, and the colors of the mountain have nothing on the colors of the sea! One of the most beautiful places to see beautiful underwater reefscapes is Verde Island in the Philippines. This island has an interesting history. In 1620 the Spanish galleon known as Nuestro Senora de la Vida, sunk off the shores of this island. It wasn’t until 350 years later that this ship was discovered and excavated. Now the currents have washed the remains of the ship away, but shards of blue Chinese pottery from the ship’s galley can still be found on the shores of the island. Some of the local people collect the broken dishes, vases, and tea sets and make them into jewelry, or sell the pieces to tourists. Some of these shards can even be found in paving stones in some of the local resorts. But this isn’t the reason tourists visit Verde Island. They go there to dive the very beautiful reefs that surround the island. When there is a lot of current present, the corals will open up to feed and this is what makes the reefs so beautiful.
In addition to the beautiful corals and anemone’s, fish abound. These beautiful pinkish fish are anthias.
Here a crinoid or feather star has crawled out on the tip of the coral to catch planktonic nutrients as they pass by in the current.
This massive sea fan is not only large, but has a beautiful color that compliments the schools of fish.
The variety of corals and anemone’s on this reef are astounding and beautiful.
This coral head is one of my favorite images because of the diversity of life surrounding it.