A Metallogorgia sp. octocoral with a commensal serpent star (Ophiocreas sp.). It is suspected that these two species require each others’ presence to survive!

A Metallogorgia sp. octocoral with a commensal serpent star (Ophiocreas sp.). It is suspected that these two species require each others’ presence to survive! Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017.

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