FLY ACROSS irridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish, visit an alien world where the closer you look, the more you see, where the tiniest creatures support the greatest predators
We think of reefs as exotic, distant places with little or no connection to our everyday world. Yet every reef is a living city beneath the sea with a parallel existence to ours, distant yet undeniably connected.
Reefs are hotspots of biodiversity as vital to life on earth as the rain-forests. They have been shaping our shorelines, literally forming islands and mountains, for millions of years.
The fossil record shows that given time they have recovered from all of earth's major extinction events.
Even reefs pulverised by atomic blasts at Bikini Atoll have regenerated.
Yet within our lifetime reefs have come to face their greatest threat...