Living Tapestry

Away from the light of the sun, deep into the Mediterranean caves, life explodes in colour and form, nature defying the most imaginative painters and sculptors. 

Marine Caves: The definitive dominion of benthic animals spreading all over the densely populated  walls, where hardly any algae can survive. Corals, sponges, bryozoans, worms; side by side, one upon another, bodies perplexed, destinies combined, lives uncertain. Chemical wars of epic proportions are being fought every single minute, the winner claiming mere square milimetres of space to spread on until the next opponent will claim it again...

 
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NOTE

All images are from a single marine cave of Andros island in the Aegean Sea that I accidentaly discovered while doing an underwater biological survey and mapping of the southern part of the island, during the 2008 Greenpeace Mediterranean campaign onboard the M/Y Arctic Sunrise. Hundreds remain undiscovered in the vastly unexplored eastern Mediterranean Sea, and due to their ecological isolation, possibly hosting  species that are still unknown to mankind and science...