Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis



Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica. Catalina Island, California, USA, Lophogorgia chilensis, natural history stock photograph, photo id 03821Add To Light Table
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Pacific torpedo ray, Farnsworth Banks, Catalina, Torpedo californica. Catalina Island, California, USA

Stock Photo: 03821
Species: Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: Catalina Island, California, USA
Format: Film 2:3
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