Sea fan

Sea fan

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Caption: Sea fan (Subergorgia sp.). Sea fans are soft corals. They consist of a colony of small polyps supported by a strong and flexible endoskeleton made of the protein gorgonin. The individual polyps feed by filtering zooplankton from the water. To increase its catch the fan positions itself so that its flat surface is perpendicular to the water currents. Photographed in the current swept wall of the Mapia Atoll, West Papua in Indonesia, Asia.

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Keywords: animal, asia, biological, biology, cnidarian, coelenterate, colony, coral, endoskeleton, gorgonian, immobile filter feeder, indonesia, invertebrate, invertebrates, mapia atoll, marine, nature, sea fan, soft coral, subergorgia sp., tropical, underwater, west papua, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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