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Golden gorgonian on underwater rocky reef, amid kelp forest, Catalina Island. The golden gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Each individual polyp is a distinct animal, together they secrete calcium that forms the structure of the colony. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by, Muricea californica, Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado) Add To Light Table Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table
Golden gorgonian on underwater rocky reef, amid kelp forest, Catalina Island. The golden gorgonian is a filter-feeding temperate colonial species that lives on the rocky bottom at depths between 50 to 200 feet deep. Each individual polyp is a distinct animal, together they secrete calcium that forms the structure of the colony. Gorgonians are oriented at right angles to prevailing water currents to capture plankton drifting by.
Image ID: 35095  
Species: California Golden Gorgonian, Muricea californica
Location: Coronado Islands (Islas Coronado), Baja California, Mexico
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35130  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35131  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
A bull elephant seal forceably mates (copulates) with a much smaller female, often biting her into submission and using his weight to keep her from fleeing. Males may up to 5000 lbs, triple the size of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Add To Light Table Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon Add To Light Table
A bull elephant seal forceably mates (copulates) with a much smaller female, often biting her into submission and using his weight to keep her from fleeing. Males may up to 5000 lbs, triple the size of females. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 35132  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Northern elephant seals, Piedras Blancas.
Image ID: 35134  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Male elephant seals (bulls) rear up on their foreflippers and fight for territory and harems of females. Bull elephant seals will haul out and fight from December through March, nearly fasting the entire time as they maintain their territory and harem. They bite and tear at each other on the neck and shoulders, drawing blood and creating scars on the tough hides. Sandy beach rookery, winter, Central California.
Image ID: 35135  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California Add To Light Table Crinoid clinging to gorgonian sea fan, Fiji, Crinoidea, Gorgonacea, Plexauridae, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.
Image ID: 35147  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Bull elephant seal, adult male, bellowing. Its huge proboscis is characteristic of male elephant seals. Scarring from combat with other males.
Image ID: 35149  
Location: Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, California, USA
 
Crinoid clinging to gorgonian sea fan, Fiji.
Image ID: 31451  
Species: Crinoid Feather Star, Gorgonian, Sea Fan, Crinoidea, Gorgonacea, Plexauridae
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Spectacular pristine tropical reef with vibrant colorful soft corals. Dendronephthya soft corals, crinoids, sea fan gorgonians and schooling Anthias fishes, pulsing with life in a strong current over a pristine coral reef. Fiji is known as the soft coral capitlal of the world, Dendronephthya, Pseudanthias, Crinoidea, Gorgonacea, Tubastrea micrantha, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table Green fan coral and sea fan gorgonians on pristine reef, both extending polyps into ocean currents to capture passing plankton, Fiji, Gorgonacea, Tubastrea micrantha, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table Yellow Crinoid with Sea Fan Gorgonians and Dendronephthya Soft Corals on Reef, Fiji, Dendronephthya, Crinoidea, Gorgonacea, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table
Spectacular pristine tropical reef with vibrant colorful soft corals. Dendronephthya soft corals, crinoids, sea fan gorgonians and schooling Anthias fishes, pulsing with life in a strong current over a pristine coral reef. Fiji is known as the soft coral capitlal of the world.
Image ID: 31452  
Species: Crinoid Feather Star, Dendronephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonian, Anthias, Black Sun Coral, Dendronephthya, Pseudanthias, Crinoidea, Gorgonacea, Tubastrea micrantha
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Green fan coral and sea fan gorgonians on pristine reef, both extending polyps into ocean currents to capture passing plankton, Fiji.
Image ID: 31459  
Species: Gorgonian, Black Sun Coral, Gorgonacea, Tubastrea micrantha
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Yellow Crinoid with Sea Fan Gorgonians and Dendronephthya Soft Corals on Reef, Fiji.
Image ID: 31461  
Species: Crinoid Feather Star, Dendronephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonian, Dendronephthya, Crinoidea, Gorgonacea
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Plexauridae sea fan or gorgonian on coral reef.  This gorgonian is a type of colonial alcyonacea soft coral that filters plankton from passing ocean currents, Gorgonacea, Plexauridae, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island, Fiji Add To Light Table Beautiful tropical reef in Fiji. The reef is covered with dendronephthya soft corals and sea fan gorgonians, with schooling Anthias fishes swimming against a strong current, Dendronephthya, Pseudanthias, Gorgonacea, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table Plexauridae sea fan or gorgonian on coral reef.  This gorgonian is a type of colonial alcyonacea soft coral that filters plankton from passing ocean currents, Gorgonacea, Plexauridae, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island, Fiji Add To Light Table
Plexauridae sea fan or gorgonian on coral reef. This gorgonian is a type of colonial alcyonacea soft coral that filters plankton from passing ocean currents.
Image ID: 31462  
Species: Gorgonian, Sea Fan, Gorgonacea, Plexauridae
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Beautiful tropical reef in Fiji. The reef is covered with dendronephthya soft corals and sea fan gorgonians, with schooling Anthias fishes swimming against a strong current.
Image ID: 31469  
Species: Dendronephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonian, Anthias, Dendronephthya, Pseudanthias, Gorgonacea
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Plexauridae sea fan or gorgonian on coral reef. This gorgonian is a type of colonial alcyonacea soft coral that filters plankton from passing ocean currents.
Image ID: 31471  
Species: Gorgonian, Sea Fan, Gorgonacea, Plexauridae
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Sea fan or gorgonian on coral reef.  This gorgonian is a type of colonial alcyonacea soft coral that filters plankton from passing ocean currents, Gorgonacea, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island, Fiji Add To Light Table Sea fan gorgonian and dendronephthya soft coral on coral reef.  Both the sea fan gorgonian and the dendronephthya  are type of alcyonacea soft corals that filter plankton from passing ocean currents, Dendronephthya, Pseudanthias, Gorgonacea, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island, Fiji Add To Light Table Sarcophyton leather coral, sea fan and crinoid on coral reef, Fiji, Crinoidea, Sarcophyton, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table
Sea fan or gorgonian on coral reef. This gorgonian is a type of colonial alcyonacea soft coral that filters plankton from passing ocean currents.
Image ID: 31472  
Species: Gorgonian, Gorgonacea
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Sea fan gorgonian and dendronephthya soft coral on coral reef. Both the sea fan gorgonian and the dendronephthya are type of alcyonacea soft corals that filter plankton from passing ocean currents.
Image ID: 31474  
Species: Dendronephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonian, Anthias, Dendronephthya, Pseudanthias, Gorgonacea
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Sarcophyton leather coral, sea fan and crinoid on coral reef, Fiji.
Image ID: 31475  
Species: Crinoid Feather Star, Sarcophyton Soft Coral, Crinoidea, Sarcophyton
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Beautiful South Pacific coral reef, with gorgonian sea fans, schooling anthias fish and colorful dendronephthya soft corals, Fiji, Dendronephthya, Pseudanthias, Gorgonacea, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table Beautiful South Pacific coral reef, with gorgonian sea fans, schooling anthias fish and colorful dendronephthya soft corals, Fiji, Dendronephthya, Pseudanthias, Gorgonacea, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table Beautiful South Pacific coral reef, with gorgonian sea fans, schooling anthias fish and colorful dendronephthya soft corals, Fiji, Dendronephthya, Pseudanthias, Gorgonacea, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table
Beautiful South Pacific coral reef, with gorgonian sea fans, schooling anthias fish and colorful dendronephthya soft corals, Fiji.
Image ID: 31477  
Species: Dendronephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonian, Anthias, Dendronephthya, Pseudanthias, Gorgonacea
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Beautiful South Pacific coral reef, with gorgonian sea fans, schooling anthias fish and colorful dendronephthya soft corals, Fiji.
Image ID: 31478  
Species: Dendronephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonian, Anthias, Dendronephthya, Pseudanthias, Gorgonacea
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Beautiful South Pacific coral reef, with gorgonian sea fans, schooling anthias fish and colorful dendronephthya soft corals, Fiji.
Image ID: 31479  
Species: Dendronephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonian, Anthias, Dendronephthya, Pseudanthias, Gorgonacea
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Orange and Yellow Gorgonians with Various Hard Corals, Fiji, Gorgonacea, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table Colorful Chironephthya soft coral coloniea in Fiji, hanging off wall, resembling sea fans or gorgonians, Gorgonacea, Chironephthya, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table Colorful Chironephthya soft coral coloniea in Fiji, hanging off wall, resembling sea fans or gorgonians, Crinoidea, Gorgonacea, Chironephthya, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table
Orange and Yellow Gorgonians with Various Hard Corals, Fiji.
Image ID: 31481  
Species: Gorgonian, Gorgonacea
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Colorful Chironephthya soft coral coloniea in Fiji, hanging off wall, resembling sea fans or gorgonians.
Image ID: 31484  
Species: Gorgonian, Chironephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonacea, Chironephthya
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Colorful Chironephthya soft coral coloniea in Fiji, hanging off wall, resembling sea fans or gorgonians.
Image ID: 31485  
Species: Crinoid Feather Star, Gorgonian, Chironephthya Soft Coral, Crinoidea, Gorgonacea, Chironephthya
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Colorful Chironephthya soft coral coloniea in Fiji, hanging off wall, resembling sea fans or gorgonians, Gorgonacea, Chironephthya, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table Colorful Chironephthya soft coral coloniea in Fiji, hanging off wall, resembling sea fans or gorgonians, Chironephthya, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table Sea fan or gorgonian on coral reef.  This gorgonian is a type of colonial alcyonacea soft coral that filters plankton from passing ocean currents, Dendronephthya, Gorgonacea, Plexauridae, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island, Fiji Add To Light Table
Colorful Chironephthya soft coral coloniea in Fiji, hanging off wall, resembling sea fans or gorgonians.
Image ID: 31486  
Species: Gorgonian, Chironephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonacea, Chironephthya
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Colorful Chironephthya soft coral coloniea in Fiji, hanging off wall, resembling sea fans or gorgonians.
Image ID: 31487  
Species: Chironephthya Soft Coral, Chironephthya
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Sea fan or gorgonian on coral reef. This gorgonian is a type of colonial alcyonacea soft coral that filters plankton from passing ocean currents.
Image ID: 31492  
Species: Dendronephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonian, Sea Fan, Dendronephthya, Gorgonacea, Plexauridae
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Red-orange Gorgonian Sea Fans and Pink Dendronephthya Soft Corals, Fiji, Dendronephthya, Gorgonacea, Plexauridae, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table Colorful Chironephthya soft coral coloniea in Fiji, hanging off wall, resembling sea fans or gorgonians, Gorgonacea, Chironephthya, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table Colorful Chironephthya soft coral coloniea in Fiji, hanging off wall, resembling sea fans or gorgonians, Gorgonacea, Chironephthya, Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu  Island Add To Light Table
Red-orange Gorgonian Sea Fans and Pink Dendronephthya Soft Corals, Fiji.
Image ID: 31493  
Species: Dendronephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonian, Sea Fan, Dendronephthya, Gorgonacea, Plexauridae
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Colorful Chironephthya soft coral coloniea in Fiji, hanging off wall, resembling sea fans or gorgonians.
Image ID: 31498  
Species: Gorgonian, Chironephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonacea, Chironephthya
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 
Colorful Chironephthya soft coral coloniea in Fiji, hanging off wall, resembling sea fans or gorgonians.
Image ID: 31502  
Species: Gorgonian, Chironephthya Soft Coral, Gorgonacea, Chironephthya
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
 


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