The Most Beautiful Coral Reefs (PHOTOS)
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Coral reefs are the rainforests of our oceans, providing a home for 25% of all marine life. Coral polyps create calcium carbonate to build the reefs as their shelter, preferring sunny, shallow, and clear water.
Have a look at the world's most beautiful coral reefs, and vote for your favorite!
Sun corals near Arraial do Cabo, Brazil.
A coral reef pinnacle in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world.
Corals near the Komodo Islands, Indonesia.
Corals growing on the mast of the Sankisan Maru, one of the many ships sunk in Truk Lagoon of the central Pacific. During World War II, American forces launched an <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truk_Lagoon#World_War_II" target="_hplink">attack</a> against the Japanese forces at Truk Lagoon, sending 60 ships and 275 airplanes to the bottom of the ocean.
Fish swim among the coral reef off the coast of Saudi Arabia.
The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest coral reef system in the world, stretching from Mexico, along the coast of Belize, to the Bay Islands of Honduras.
Fish swimming in the Red Sea's coral gardens of Abu Talha, near Dahab, Egypt.
A coral reef in the Los Roques archipelago off the coast of Venezuela.
Papua New Guinea
A blue starfish lounges among the corals in Kimbe Bay, off the coast of Papua New Guinea's New Britain island.