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Dive 09: Bubblegum Coral and Brttle Star

Paragorgia are octocorals. Their common name, bubblegum coral, comes from their pink color and the appearance of their polyps, which resemble chewed pieces of bubblegum. This particular bubblegum coral had a rather large brittle star associate.

 

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Discovering the Deep: Exploring Remote Pacific MPAs.

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