Coral reefs are a vital part of marine life, supporting over a quarter of all life under the sea, and they are in peril. Adobe Stock is partnering with the Pantone Color Institute and nonprofit organization (and exclusive Adobe Stock contributor) The Ocean Agency on a campaign called Glowing, Glowing, Gone to raise awareness and support necessary to save coral reefs.
In 2016, The Ocean Agency photographed one of the most spectacular and rarest sights in nature while filming the Emmy Award-winning documentary Chasing Coral. A coral reef in New Caledonia was “glowing” in incredibly vivid colors. Corals produce brightly colored chemicals as a kind of sunscreen against fatally high water temperatures and sun exposure. This glowing phenomenon, called coral fluorescence, is a final line of defense before the coral dies and bleaches to white. It’s been described as “the most beautiful death.”
"Only a handful of people have ever witnessed the highly-visual spectacle of corals 'glowing' in vibrant colors in a desperate bid to survive underwater heatwaves,” says Richard Vevers, founder of The Ocean Agency. “Yet this phenomenon is arguably the ultimate indicator of one of our greatest environmental challenges - ocean warming and the loss of coral reefs.”