Close-up of octocoral Paragorgia polyps

Close up of individual polyps of the colonial octocoral Paragorgia. Corals are in the phylum Cnidaria – the same phylum that anemones are in. Notice the similarities? Image courtesy of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary.

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