Diazona cf. formosa
This is a colony of translucent sea squirts (or ascidians) with six white "petals" around their mouths (called oral siphons). The spiral zooids -- animals that are part of a colonial organism -- can be clearly seen through the nearly transparent test (the skin of the sea squirts).
Depths of 20 to 60m across the Indo-Pacific region.
Spotted this lovely colony of ascidians in about 30m of water, at a dive site called Hammerhead Alley, off the eastern coast of Samal Island, Philippines. Curiously, I've only ever seen this on the eastern coast of the island...
Lat: 7.04, Long: 125.78
Spotted on Jun 24, 2012
Submitted on Jul 17, 2012
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