Coral reefs are colorful places teeming with life. The three types—fringing reefs, barrier reefs, and coral atolls—cover less than 1% of the world's oceans, but approximately 25% of all ocean species depend on reefs for food and shelter. Often called “rainforests of the sea,” shallow coral reefs form some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Here’s a close up look at some of the species that make tropical reefs their home. This ebook has over 200 photos and five videos shot on coral reefs in 22 countries around the world.
Photographer Ann-Rhea S. Fitch explains that fewer things have ever been more attractive to her or more relaxing than floating over coral reefs, drifting on the ocean's current. Sadly, for a variety of medical reasons, she and her husband, Bill, have now hung up their fins. This book is their farewell to the underwater world they love.