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Unlike hard corals, most soft-coral species are relatively independent of light. Although semi-photosynthetic (soft corals too may harbour the symbiotic zooxanthellae algae found in tropical hard corals), soft corals depend mainly on hetertrophic feeding and rely on the tentacles on their polyps (white 'flowers' in this pic) to catch and ingest plankton and other organic material from the water column. Soft corals are found all over the world and come in all different colours, shapes and sizes.
I can't find a suitable ID for this soft coral species. The picture is a little unclear but I thought the coral was so beautiful it deserved a spotting on ProjectNoah.
Spotted on Apr 17, 2010
Submitted on Jun 17, 2011