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Blue chromis,  or damselfishBrain coral
Christmas tree wormsblue chromis
Whalen divingforked anemone
echinoderms, sea urchinslug
Beauty in the Bahamas
When Kristen Whalen went to the Bahamas in January 2004, she spent up to seven hours a day for two weeks diving on reefs offshore Lee Stocking Island. While there, she photographed some of her research subjects to show her colleagues at WHOI. Her research will form the basis for a proposal to study the effects of natural products on the physiology of marine animals. Ultimately, her work may have potential biomedical applications.
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Blue chromis,  or damselfish
Blue chromis, or damselfish, swim above fire coral. Swimming in schools offers protection against predators. (Photo by Kristen Whalen)
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