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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 Diego
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.
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 37205  
Red gorgonian Leptogorgia chilensis. The lower sea fan has its polyps retracted while the upper sea fan has all of its polyps extended into the current. Farnsworth Banks, Catalina Island, California, Leptogorgia chilensis, Lophogorgia chilensis
Red gorgonian Leptogorgia chilensis. The lower sea fan has its polyps retracted while the upper sea fan has all of its polyps extended into the current. Farnsworth Banks, Catalina Island, California.
Species: Red gorgonian, Leptogorgia chilensis, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: Catalina Island, California
Image ID: 37267  
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, Macrocystis pyrifera, Muricea californica
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.
Species: Giant kelp, California golden gorgonian, Macrocystis pyrifera, Muricea californica
Location: Catalina Island, California
Image ID: 37298  
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, Macrocystis pyrifera, Muricea californica
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.
Species: Giant kelp, California golden gorgonian, Macrocystis pyrifera, Muricea californica
Location: Catalina Island, California
Image ID: 37299  
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
Green fan coral and sea fan gorgonians on pristine reef, both extending polyps into ocean currents to capture passing plankton, Fiji.
Species: Black sun coral, Gorgonian, Gorgonacea, Tubastrea micrantha
Location: Vatu I Ra Passage, Bligh Waters, Viti Levu Island, Fiji
Image ID: 31459  
Sarcophyton leather coral showing polyp detail, close up image, Fiji, Sarcophyton, Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago
Sarcophyton leather coral showing polyp detail, close up image, Fiji.
Species: Sarcophyton soft coral, Sarcophyton
Location: Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago, Fiji
Image ID: 31562  
Dendronephthya soft coral detail including polyps and calcium carbonate spicules, Fiji, Dendronephthya, Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago
Dendronephthya soft coral detail including polyps and calcium carbonate spicules, Fiji.
Species: Dendronephthya soft coral, Dendronephthya
Location: Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago, Fiji
Image ID: 31564  
Sarcophyton leather coral showing polyp detail, close up image, Fiji, Sarcophyton, Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago
Sarcophyton leather coral showing polyp detail, close up image, Fiji.
Species: Sarcophyton soft coral, Sarcophyton
Location: Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago, Fiji
Image ID: 31566  
Closeup view of stony coral polyp details, Fiji, Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago
Closeup view of stony coral polyp details, Fiji.
Location: Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago, Fiji
Image ID: 31567  
Dendronephthya soft coral detail including polyps and calcium carbonate spicules, Fiji, Dendronephthya, Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago
Dendronephthya soft coral detail including polyps and calcium carbonate spicules, Fiji.
Species: Dendronephthya soft coral, Dendronephthya
Location: Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago, Fiji
Image ID: 31568  
Closeup view of stony coral polyp details, Fiji, Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago
Closeup view of stony coral polyp details, Fiji.
Location: Makogai Island, Lomaiviti Archipelago, Fiji
Image ID: 31569  
Colorful dendronephthya soft corals and various hard corals, flourishing on a pristine healthy south pacific coral reef.  The soft corals are inflated in strong ocean currents, capturing passing planktonic food with their many small polyps, Dendronephthya, Namena Marine Reserve, Namena Island, Fiji
Colorful dendronephthya soft corals and various hard corals, flourishing on a pristine healthy south pacific coral reef. The soft corals are inflated in strong ocean currents, capturing passing planktonic food with their many small polyps.
Species: Dendronephthya soft coral, Dendronephthya
Location: Namena Marine Reserve, Namena Island, Fiji
Image ID: 31579  
Colorful dendronephthya soft corals and various hard corals, flourishing on a pristine healthy south pacific coral reef.  The soft corals are inflated in strong ocean currents, capturing passing planktonic food with their many small polyps, Dendronephthya
Colorful dendronephthya soft corals and various hard corals, flourishing on a pristine healthy south pacific coral reef. The soft corals are inflated in strong ocean currents, capturing passing planktonic food with their many small polyps.
Species: Dendronephthya soft coral, Dendronephthya
Location: Fiji
Image ID: 31605  
A corynactis anemone polyp, Corynactis californica is a corallimorph found in genetically identical clusters, club-tipped anemone, Corynactis californica, San Diego, California
A corynactis anemone polyp, Corynactis californica is a corallimorph found in genetically identical clusters, club-tipped anemone.
Species: Strawberry anemone, Corynactis californica
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 33457  
A corynactis anemone polyp, Corynactis californica is a corallimorph found in genetically identical clusters, club-tipped anemone, Corynactis californica, San Diego, California
A corynactis anemone polyp, Corynactis californica is a corallimorph found in genetically identical clusters, club-tipped anemone.
Species: Strawberry anemone, Corynactis californica
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 33461  
A corynactis anemone polyp, Corynactis californica is a corallimorph found in genetically identical clusters, club-tipped anemone, Corynactis californica, San Diego, California
A corynactis anemone polyp, Corynactis californica is a corallimorph found in genetically identical clusters, club-tipped anemone.
Species: Strawberry anemone, Corynactis californica
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 33462  
A corynactis anemone polyp, Corynactis californica is a corallimorph found in genetically identical clusters, club-tipped anemone, Corynactis californica, San Diego, California
A corynactis anemone polyp, Corynactis californica is a corallimorph found in genetically identical clusters, club-tipped anemone.
Species: Strawberry anemone, Corynactis californica
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 33463  
A corynactis anemone polyp, Corynactis californica is a corallimorph found in genetically identical clusters, club-tipped anemone, Corynactis californica, San Diego, California
A corynactis anemone polyp, Corynactis californica is a corallimorph found in genetically identical clusters, club-tipped anemone.
Species: Strawberry anemone, Corynactis californica
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 33464  
Underwater Reef with Invertebrates, Gorgonians, Coral Polyps, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mikes Reef, Mexico
Underwater Reef with Invertebrates, Gorgonians, Coral Polyps, Sea of Cortez, Baja California.
Location: Mikes Reef, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 33494  
Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Tubastrea coccinea, Isla Cayo, Baja California
Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea, Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
Species: Orange cup coral, Tubastrea coccinea
Location: Isla Cayo, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 33765  
Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Tubastrea coccinea, Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California
Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea, Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
Species: Orange cup coral, Tubastrea coccinea
Location: Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 33798  
Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Tubastrea coccinea, Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California
Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea, Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
Species: Orange cup coral, Tubastrea coccinea
Location: Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 33800  
Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Tubastrea coccinea, Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California
Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea, Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
Species: Orange cup coral, Tubastrea coccinea
Location: Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 33803  
Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Tubastrea coccinea, Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California
Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea, Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
Species: Orange cup coral, Tubastrea coccinea
Location: Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 33806  
Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea, Sea of Cortez, Mexico, Tubastrea coccinea, Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California
Orange Cup Coral, Tubastrea coccinea, Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
Species: Orange cup coral, Tubastrea coccinea
Location: Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California, Mexico
Image ID: 33815  
Corynactis anemone polyp, a corallimorph, extends its arms into passing ocean currents to catch food, San Diego, California
Corynactis anemone polyp, a corallimorph, extends its arms into passing ocean currents to catch food.
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 34207  
Corynactis anemone polyp, a corallimorph, extends its arms into passing ocean currents to catch food, San Diego, California
Corynactis anemone polyp, a corallimorph, extends its arms into passing ocean currents to catch food.
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 34208  
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
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.
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica
Location: Catalina Island, California
Image ID: 34214  
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
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.
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica
Location: Catalina Island, California
Image ID: 34217  
California golden gorgonian on underwater rocky reef, 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. Catalina Island, California, USA, Muricea californica
California golden gorgonian on underwater rocky reef, 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. Catalina Island, California, USA.
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica
Location: Catalina Island, California
Image ID: 34622