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Common (purple) Sea Fan

Gorgonia ventalina


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.


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windmustache 9 years ago


The MnMs
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The MnMs

Cancún, Mexico

Spotted on Sep 15, 2011
Submitted on Oct 7, 2011

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