Colors of the Sea
Beneath the surface of Monterey Bay you'll find a vast array of homes for ocean animals that come in all shapes and sizes—and in a kaleidoscope of colors. Diver Bill Morgan captured this spectacular shot of strawberry anemones (Corynactis sp.) and colorful sponges coating a rocky reef, with kelp climbing to the water's surface in the blue background.
This photo was taken off south Monastery Beach in Carmel, near Point Lobos State Marine Reserve—a marine protected area (MPA) designed to conserve and restore wildlife and habitats in our ocean. This offshore area is hugely popular with divers, offering one of the richest underwater ecosystems in the world.