Red Gorgonian Photo, Lophogorgia chilensis



Red gorgonian (left) and California golden gorgonian (right) on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater.  Gorgonians are filter-feeding temperate colonial species that live 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. San Clemente Island, California, USA, Lophogorgia chilensis, natural history stock photograph, photo id 23496
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Red gorgonian (left) and California golden gorgonian (right) on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. Gorgonians are filter-feeding temperate colonial species that live 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. San Clemente Island, California, USA

Stock Photo: 23496
Species: Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
Lat/Long: 32° 49' 2.° N, 118° 21' 0.° W (Coordinates: 32.04350°, -118.01067°)
Format: Digital 3:2
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Updated: December 18, 2017

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