Sea fan coral polyps

Sea fan coral polyps

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Credit: MATTHEW OLDFIELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sea fan. Close-up showing the polyps (white) of a sea fan coral (Melithaea sp.). The sea fan is a colony of tiny organisms which build tough structures around themselves for protection and support. The polyps use their tentacles to filter plankton from the water. Photographed in Mabul, Malaysia.

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Keywords: animal, cnidarian, coelenterate, coral, invertebrate, invertebrates, mabul, malaysian, marine, maroon, melithaea sp., nature, ocean, polyps, red, sea, sea fan, underwater, wildlife, zoology

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