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American Association for the Advancement of Science
Caption: View a Fluid Flow produced by Corals: The first-place photograph, “Invisible Coral Flows,” reveals the hidden natural beauty of the reef-building coral habitat. The image of a Pocillopora damicornis (cauliflower coral), taken by Vicente Fernandez from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, draws the viewer to a fluid vortex generated by cilia covering the coral’s surface, creating a whirlpool structure in the surrounding seawater.
Credit: Vicente I. Fernandez, Orr H. Shapiro, Melissa S. Garren, Assaf Vardi, and Roman Stocker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
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