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This fan shaped horny coral grows with the flat side facing the current to allow them to feed more efficiently on the flow of plankton. Gorgonia ventalina is a unique coral that grows in the shape of a fan and has a distinctive purple coloring. With their surface sclerites and chemical compounds they are able to defend off predators and diseases.
Western Atlantic Ocean: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, and Colombia. Inhabits inshore and patch reef flats.
Spotted on Sep 15, 2011
Submitted on Oct 7, 2011
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