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Photographer's Note

Bermuda beaches are truly beautiful, many of them tinged with a subtle pink hue. The pink hue is given by tiny single-celled animals, Foraminifera, in particular, homotrema rubrum - or forams - dark red skeletal animals that grow in abundance on the underside of Bermuda's coral reefs. When the red forms die, the skeletons plummet to the ocean floor.

Wave action erodes the forams. They become mixed with other debris on the seabed such as the white shells of clams, snails and sea urchins. It is at that time that Bermuda's white sand takes on its characteristic pink hue.

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  • Copyright: Rob Poole (RPoole5552) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 62 N: 155] (1822)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2004-07-14
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/7.6
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-02-22 8:03
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