Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis



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Red gorgonian. San Clemente Island, California, USA

Stock Photo: 10191
Species: Red gorgonian, Lophogorgia chilensis
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
Format: Digital 2:3
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