37 Vibrant swirl

Is this the rapture of the deep? Or the vision of pure life? The reef in Raja Ampat (Indonesia) seems to wheel around the yellow-ribbon sweetlip. Hundreds of smaller fish create this psychedelic view which provides a vivid impression of the biodiversity of tropical reefs. These corals inhabit only one per cent of the ocean, but are home to a quarter of all marine plant and animal species.

Photo: Solvin Zankl