Corals: up close and personal

Corals come in many shapes and sizes. This amazing diversity is useful as well as beautiful.

On the reef, they provide shelter for animals and a base for other creatures to grow on. The unique structures of their colonies viewed up close gives scientists a way to identify them.

Let Invertebrates Collections Manager Miranda Lowe take you on a journey through some of the fascinating forms corals can take using examples from our collection.

Dive in

Find out more about life underwater and read about the pioneering work of the Museum's marine scientists.