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Sea Anemone

A sea anemone nestled in plate coral and various types of algae. This photo was shot during a 2010 NOAA expedition in the U.S. Virgin Islands to map underwater habitats and the marine life they support.

Credit: NOAA

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

23 comments
szural
szural

All - In reviewing all the posts, I failed to see any mention of changing the resolution for the monitor or display. Often the lower the resolution, the larger the image or font. Overall, the pictures are lovely. I agree with the one post about providing information as to where the pictures were taken, or if they are CGI. Otherwise, enjoy the free pictures. Opinion respectfully provided.

Cworker
Cworker

I brought these into SnagIt and reduced them by 50%. It made no difference. They still appear too large.

infoage2k
infoage2k

Love the all, but right now particullarly Garibaldi.

steve
steve

Lovely Collection........some very good

limojohn
limojohn

Great Photo's, used to live in Key Largo.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

While quite a few of the photos are of Corel Reefs some are not a Sunken Ship doesn't a Corel Reef Make nore do ocean shots of Hump Backs. ;) Col

jlm2007
jlm2007

Too big to fit screen, how can I shringk them? James.

cory.schultze
cory.schultze

Not too long ago - a couple of weeks - I downloaded the exact same image as the thumbnail for this post and printed it for the fish tank in the office. Now I see it on TR, I'm a little freaked-out...

Timbo Zimbabwe
Timbo Zimbabwe

A sunken ship DOES make a coral reef. It just takes time for it to form and grow. As for other pictures, you're just being a picky jerk.

waltz
waltz

Hey Dave, time to start pulling modules again!

SgtPappy
SgtPappy

you have nothing better to do.

Murfski-19971052791951115876031193613182
Murfski-19971052791951115876031193613182

See the picture of the bow of the USS Monitor. It takes a while, but sunken ships can and do make reefs. BTW, what happened to you? You're usually a lot more coherent than this.

anne1954
anne1954

If you use Windows, you have basic photo editing software that will resize your picture for you. You will need to change the pixel size of the picture to fit your screen. (If your screen resolution is 800 x 600, make your photo that size.) Help menus are great.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

Really? Funny thing when I went driving a lot and had time to do things like that we went driving on Coral Reefs which was shallow Water and we dived on wrecks which where in deeper water. Took lots of different safety procedures to dive on the deeper water dives and it wasn't something you could say well I did it this way in a 5 meter dive so it's safe in a 40 meter dive. Also a Wreck may produce a Corel Reef in the medium term but it also tends to collapse under the weight of that growth in the long term. Hence there are many wrecks that are considered as Too Unsafe to dive on and have been banned. Like all things man made these eventually disappear without trace and in shallow water Oxidation is very quick, it's much quicker than Biomass growth. ;) Col

plandok
plandok

Don't want no daisies nor tandem bikes please. Fish & reefs is good enuf for me. A good break from the agonies of tech tech. And no args bout which is better from the fanboyz/girlz.

eferrell
eferrell

I think his English module is corrupt.

anne1954
anne1954

As I tell my 7th and 8th graders...Punctuation is free. You can use all you need without problems. Try it sometime...you may be very pleased with the results.

nbsc
nbsc

I dunno Hal, this doesn't seem to fit in with some of your other feedbacks. I'm not sure what you are complaining about. Where or what's the Beef? I too have done a little diving (not much, but some) but, I spent the major part of my life at sea as a commercial fishermen, & I still find these photos interesting & of really good quality, color & resolution. As to your comment about man made things disappearing, the same holds true for natural items at some point in time, that's just the way it works. Yet, even those man made reefs, will likely be there after we're both long gone. The only suggestion that I have regarding these images & similar galleries, it that they don't usually include enough information as to their locations, i.e., they mention a reef or sanctuary but don't say exactly where they are located. A little more detail would be helpful, as it otherwise would require too much searching. Although I do know where Stellwagen Bank is located. :-) jim jmk-nbsc