A view of the tip of a branch of a bamboo coral showing a dozen or so polyps. This being an octocoral, the polyps have the characteristic eight pinnate (feather-like) tentacles surrounding the mouth (the red dot seen in the center of some of the polyps). This image was taken on Explorer Ridge at 2,588 meters depth.

A view of the tip of a branch of a bamboo coral showing a dozen or so polyps. This being an octocoral, the polyps have the characteristic eight pinnate (feather-like) tentacles surrounding the mouth (the red dot seen in the center of some of the polyps). This image was taken on Explorer Ridge at 2,588 meters depth. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

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