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Bignose Unicornfish, Naso vlamingii, being cleaned by a small wrasse, Fiji, Naso vlamingii, Namena Marine Reserve, Namena Island California golden gorgonian, Garibaldi and Sheephead wrasse fishes on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. 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, Semicossyphus pulcher, Hypsypops rubicundus, Muricea californica, San Clemente Island California golden gorgonian and small juvenile sheephead fishes on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater.  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, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island California Golden gorgonian, red gorgonian, sheephead, Muricea californica, Lophogorgia chilensis, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Mexican hogfish, adult male showing fleshy bump on head, Revilligigedos, Bodianus diplotaenia Mexican hogfish, adult male showing fleshy bump on head, Bodianus diplotaenia, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Mexican hogfish, adult male showing fleshy bump on head, Bodianus diplotaenia, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Mexican hogfish, adult male showing fleshy bump on head, Bodianus diplotaenia, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) California golden gorgonian and small juvenile sheephead fishes on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. 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, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Bignose Unicornfish, Naso vlamingii, being cleaned by a small wrasse, Fiji, Naso vlamingii, Namena Marine Reserve, Namena Island California golden gorgonian and Sheephead wrasse fish on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. 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, Catalina Island California golden gorgonian, Garibaldi and Sheephead wrasse fishes on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. 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, Catalina Island Sheephead and invasive sargassum, Catalina, Semicossyphus pulcher, Sargassum horneri, Catalina Island California sheephead and golden gorgonian, giant kelp forest filters sunlight in the background, underwater, Semicossyphus pulcher, Muricea californica, Catalina Island California sheephead and golden gorgonian, giant kelp forest filters sunlight in the background, underwater, Semicossyphus pulcher, Muricea californica, Catalina Island California golden gorgonian and Sheephead wrasse fishes on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. 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, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Juvenile sheephead and gorgonian, Catalina, Semicossyphus pulcher, Catalina Island Sheephead and golden gorgonian, underwater in a kelp forest, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Gorgonians grow on rocky reef, kelp forest and a white boat floating on the surface can be seen in the background, underwater, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Sheephead and golden gorgonian, underwater in a kelp forest, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island California golden gorgonian and small juvenile sheephead wrasse on rocky reef, below kelp forest, underwater. 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, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Island wrasse, Thalassoma grammaticum Island wrasse, Thalassoma grammaticum Galapagos hogfish, motion blur, Bodianus eclancheri, Cousins Senorita, Oxyjulis californica, Catalina Island California sheephead, adult male, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Senorita, Oxyjulis californica, Catalina Island Senorita, Oxyjulis californica, Catalina Island Senorita, Oxyjulis californica, Catalina Island Senorita, Oxyjulis californica, Catalina Island Juvenile sheephead, Farnsworth Banks, Semicossyphus pulcher, Catalina Island Saddle wrasse, Thalassoma duperrey, Maui California sheephead, juvenile, Semicossyphus pulcher, Catalina Island California sheephead, gorgonian, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island California sheephead, juvenile, Semicossyphus pulcher, Catalina Island Rock wrasse, Catalina, Halichoeres semicinctus, Catalina Island ?? wrasse, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) Red gorgonian, sheephead, Lophogorgia chilensis, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island California sheephead and gorgonian amid kelp forest, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Mexican hogfish, adult male showing fleshy bump on head, Revilligigedos, Bodianus diplotaenia Juvenile sheephead swims above dead/dying brown gorgonian covered with yellow parasitic zoanthid anemones, Semicossyphus pulcher, Parazoanthus lucificum, Catalina Island Juvenile sheephead swims above dead/dying brown gorgonian covered with yellow parasitic zoanthid anemones, Semicossyphus pulcher, Parazoanthus lucificum, Catalina Island California sheephead, adult male, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Rock wrasse, Catalina, Halichoeres semicinctus, Catalina Island California sheephead, male, Semicossyphus pulcher, Santa Barbara Island California sheephead, female, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island ?? wrasse, Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) California sheephead, gorgonian, Semicossyphus pulcher, San Clemente Island Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, Lophogorgia chilensis,, Catalina Island Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, Lophogorgia chilensis, Catalina Island   more ...

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