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The Amazing and Beautiful Spiral Coral

The sweeping spirals of Iridigorgia corals are not just beautiful to look at, they are also masterful design, allowing the coral to filter water for food from all directions. This coral was seen during Dive 10, while exploring the east portion of "Wetmore" Seamount.

 

Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2017 Laulima O Ka Moana.

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