white bamboo coral

Figure 1: This is the largest colony of white bamboo coral (Keratoisis flexibilis) that Mr. Reed has seen to date. It measured approximately 4’ wide and 3’ tall. The close-up view shows the coral’s extended feeding polyps. This coral and other filter feeders orient so that they are perpendicular to the current, positioning themselves to be in the flow of food carried in the current. Image courtesy of Brooke et al, NOAA-OE, HBOI.

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