Video: Coral Reefs Caught ‘Dancing’ with High-Tech Microscope

Humans may think movement and dancing is restricted only to ourselves, however, researchers at the University of California, San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography have been able to give us a new view entirely.

Scientists at UC San Diego have created a Benthic Underwater Microscope, otherwise known as BUM, to allow them to study small coral organisms in their natural habitat. While coral is typically a large specimen that can span several feet, it is made up of tiny coral polyps, some of which are difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye. The BUM is powerful enough to even see single-cell algae that live within the coral reef.

Andrew Mullen, PhD student at the institute, said of the new equipment:

“The underwater microscope is the first instrument to image the seafloor at such small scales. The system is capable of seeing features as small as single cells underwater.”

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