Sheephead and golden gorgonian, underwater in a kelp forest, Muricea californica



Sheephead and golden gorgonian, underwater in a kelp forest. San Clemente Island, California, USA, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher, natural history stock photograph, photo id 23528Add To Light Table
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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. San Clemente Island, USA. Image #23421
Gorgonians grow on rocky reef, kelp forest and a white boat floating on the surface can be seen in the background, underwater. San Clemente Island, California, USA. Image #23537
Sheephead and golden gorgonian, underwater in a kelp forest. San Clemente Island, California, USA. Image #23586

Sheephead and golden gorgonian, underwater in a kelp forest. San Clemente Island, California, USA

Stock Photo: 23528
Species: California golden gorgonian, Muricea californica, Semicossyphus pulcher
Location: San Clemente Island, California, USA
Format: Digital 2:3
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