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8 Dazzling Coral Reef Photos to Brighten Your Day

Prepare to be left in awe of these mesmerizing marine ecosystems

Buck island national park saint croix the ocean agency
© The Ocean Agency

Let’s face it: we all need a little something extra to brighten our day sometimes. Perhaps there’s something that has you stressed at work or maybe it’s just a gloomier day than usual outside. Whatever the case may be, there’s one thing that never fails to bring a burst of joy and wonder to my day: our ocean.

However, sometimes it’s not easy for us to get close to the ocean, to breathe in the salty air and to hear the calming, gentle crash of the waves. But no matter where you are in the world, there are still countless photographs of some of our blue planet’s most lush and beautiful corners that can bring us the next best thing to experiencing the sea in person.

That’s where talented photographers of our ocean’s coral reefs come in. Jump in with me and virtually explore eight of these vibrant ocean areas that never cease in their ability to leave us in wonder.

Banco Chinchorro, Mexico

Photographer: Philip Hamilton

Mexico Coral Reef
© Philip Hamilton/Coral Reef Image Bank

Mayotte, Indian Ocean

Photographer: Gabriel Barathieu

Mayotte Reef
© Gabriel Barathieu/Coral Reef Image Bank

Red Sea

Photographer: Brook Peterson

Red Sea Reef
© Brook Peterson/Coral Reef Image Bank

Ribbon Reefs, Australia

Photographer: Matt Curnock

Ribbon Reefs
© Matt Curnock/Coral Reef Image Bank

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Photographer: Jayne Jenkins

Raja Ampat Turtle
© Jayne Jenkins/Coral Reef Image Bank

Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea

Photographer: Morgan Bennett-Smith

Kimba Bay Reef
© Morgan Bennett-Smith/Coral Reef Image Bank

Sombrero Islands, Philippines

Photographer: Jett Britnell

sombrero islands
© Jett Britnell/Coral Reef Image Bank

Ha’apai, Tonga

Photographer: Grant Thomas

Grant Thomas Sunset Tonga
© Grant Thomas/Coral Reef Image Bank

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