At night, that hunk of coral that appears so rocklike during the sunlit hours, rouses to put on a surprising sensational show. If you look really closely you'll see that it's vibrating and metamorphosing, competing for food, and inverting its guts "to digest the crap out of everything [it] can reach"—just very, very slowly. PhD student Daniel Stoupin has stitched together 150,000 close-up images of the beautiful creatures' "Slow Life" into an hypnotic time-lapse video to prove it:

Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.

For more about time-lapse photography, check out Oprah's "Super Soul Sunday" sit down with award-winning filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg.


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