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    Posted on Mar 31, 2014

    Stop Everything And Watch This Breathtaking Footage Of Marine Life

    "The close-up patterns and colors of this type of fauna hardly resemble anything from the terrestrial environments," says photographer Daniel Stoupin.

    You'll need to set this to fullscreen for the full effect:

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    Photographer Daniel Stoupin took 150,000 shots of microscopic underwater reef “landscapes" to make the full clip.

    Daniel Stoupin / vimeo.com

    Each frame needed about 10 minutes to process on Stoupin's computer.

    Daniel Stoupin / vimeo.com

    And consists of 3-12 individual shots, with different parts of the image in focus.

    Daniel Stoupin / vimeo.com

    Which really shows in the detail of the footage.

    Daniel Stoupin / vimeo.com

    Like when this Fungia coral excavates itself from sand.

    Daniel Stoupin / vimeo.com

    And this feather duster worm opens up to catch particles suspended in the water.

    Daniel Stoupin / vimeo.com

    This Favia coral colony pulsates.

    And... is that a mouth?

    Daniel Stoupin / vimeo.com

    Actually this is Acanthastrea lordhowensis coral under really high magnification. The area covered in this sequence is smaller than fingernail size.

    But you really need to watch the video in HD to see everything properly.

    Daniel Stoupin / vimeo.com

    So go and do that now.

    Daniel Stoupin / vimeo.com

    Seriously.

    Daniel Stoupin / vimeo.com

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