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Photographer’s time-lapse video of corals, sponges is a visual feast

Get ready to play a video on the biggest screen you can find and at the highest resolution allowable.

Daniel Stoupin of Microworlds Photography has put together a three-and-a-half-minute short film using time-lapse images of marine animals such as corals and sponges.

You might think of corals as pretty static or slow-moving, but Stoupin is able to show them as rarely seen before: swaying, pulsating, blooming.

He noted on the film’s Vimeo page that the duration of each sequence of photos took anywhere from 20 minutes to 6-plus hours.

In case you’re wondering, yes, corals are animals, and the National Ocean Service says most coral structures are made up of hundreds to thousands of tiny creatures called polyps.

Corals have tiny, tentacle-like arms that they use to capture their food from the water and sweep into their inscrutable mouths.

It will be hard to believe, but according to Stoupin, the colors of the ocean floor-residing creatures you’ll see in the short film are true to eyesight and “not exaggerated by digital enhancement.”