Fortress by Norbert Probst
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This image is part of my new calendar REEF – ART

This detail image shows color and spines of the rapacious sea star Crown Of Thorn (Acanthaster planci), maybe the most dangerous enemy of stone corals. If Crown of Thorns occurs in large populations they are able to destroy large coral reefs completely.
Doesn’t it looks like an invulnerable fortress?

Hurghada, Egypt, Red Sea

Canon EOS 50-E with 2.8/100mm Macro in Subal Housing, Subtronic amphibian flash, TTL, 1/60, f16

Passionated, professional photographer since 1992 with worldwide publications in magazines, newspapers, calendars, prospects, advertising, internet and on products.
I am located in Nuremberg, Franconia, Bavaria, Germany, and my heart beats for marine wildlife.

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Comments

  • John Violet
    John Violetover 4 years ago

    Fabulous colours and form

  • SPDF
    SPDFover 4 years ago

    Amazing close up of this beautiful marine pest!

  • Sorry Sean. It´s only a “pest” because people collect the beautiful shell of the triton conch. But the triton conch is the only natural enemy for this sea star!
    What we learn from this. Whenever something goes wrong in nature, mankind is responsible for it. We are the only “pest” on our planet.

    – Norbert Probst

  • SPDF
    SPDFover 4 years ago

    I guess that brings perspective to things, however it is destroying our Great Barrier Reef in Australia and is considered a real threat to the survival of the reef:
    http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/corp_site/info_service...

    That said, I see it’s natural beauty and marvel. Wonderful photography and incredible underwater work.

  • Thank you for your command, Sean.
    I know about the problems with the crown of thorn on Great Barrier Reef. We have the same problems on other places too. But the reason for this are fishermen who catch and sell the shell of the triton conch, and nobody talks about it….

    – Norbert Probst

  • Larry Llewellyn
    Larry Llewellynover 4 years ago

    Okinawian reefs were desimated by these things in 1971, we used to turn them over, as it would take them awhile to right themselves and save some coral! Thanks for the memories!

  • Larry Llewellyn
    Larry Llewellynover 4 years ago

    It´s only a “pest” because people collect the beautiful shell of the triton conch. But the triton conch is the only natural enemy for this sea star!
    What we learn from this. Whenever something goes wrong in nature, mankind is responsible for it. We are the only “pest” on our planet.

    NOT ENOUGH FOLKS READ THIS!!!!!!

  • Thank you for your understanding, Larry.

    – Norbert Probst

  • berndt2
    berndt2over 4 years ago

    wow that’s creepy – great close-up and great colour, though!

  • Thank you.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Sue  Cullumber
    Sue Cullumberover 4 years ago

    Norbert – so cool! thought it was some strange cactus before I read your description!

  • Thank you Sue. Ich think sometimes a description is helpfull…

    – Norbert Probst

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 4 years ago

    Fantastic close-up shot Norbert.

  • Thank you.

    – Norbert Probst

  • ChrisCoombes
    ChrisCoombesover 4 years ago

    That and they have been transported to places they would not normally exist…by us of course…..

  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...over 4 years ago

    Superb!!

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