California Golden Gorgonian Photo, Muricea californica



California Golden gorgonian polyps.  The golden gorgonian is a colonial organism composed of thousands of tiny polyps. Each polyp secretes calcium which accumulates to form the structure of the colony. The fan-shaped gorgonian is oriented perpendicular to prevailing ocean currents to better enable to filter-feeding polyps to capture passing plankton and detritus passing by. San Clemente Island, California, USA, Muricea californica, natural history stock photograph, photo id 03481
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California Golden gorgonian polyps. The golden gorgonian is a colonial organism composed of thousands of tiny polyps. Each polyp secretes calcium which accumulates to form the structure of the colony. The fan-shaped gorgonian is oriented perpendicular to prevailing ocean currents to better enable to filter-feeding polyps to capture passing plankton and detritus passing by. San Clemente Island, California, USA

Stock Photo: 03481
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
Lat/Long: 32° 48' 57° N, 118° 21' 23° W (Coordinates: 32.95533°, -118.38667°)
Format: Film 3:2
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Updated: September 24, 2017

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