Living corals at Bloody Bay Wall glow green when illuminated with pure blue light. The protein responsible is one of the most important areas of biomedical research today, using the properties of the proteins sampled from living corals. Working with scientists studying coral fluorescence, this image was produced in 2011 with a grant from the National Science Foundation and support from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Jim Hellemn has made a career out of inventing ways to capture the spectacular colors and details of coral reefs. His images have appeared in National Geographic magazine, the American Museum of Natural History and are featured in several large-scale public attractions.