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Yellow Tube Sponge

Aplysina fistularis


I havnt even edited the colours in this, it was positively glowing! Tube Sponges pump huge quantities of water through their bodies, filtering out the tiny particles on which they feed. They can pump five times their volume of water every second!! Their vivid yellow colour is due to special fluorescent pigments in the sponge tissue.

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29 Comments (1–25)

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Great efforts required for under sea spottings.. All these under sea spottings are precious for Project Noah..!!

LaurieWinters 10 years ago

Beautiful photo!

chebeagueschool 10 years ago

That is a great picture

gil.leiria 10 years ago

Wonderful colors

Putra Ramadhan
Putra Ramadhan 10 years ago

wow amazing photo

moralcoral 10 years ago

Although note this isnt a coral, its a sponge, different family, corals are part of the jellyfish family Cnidaria while sponges are in Porifera!!

moralcoral 10 years ago

Its true sunscreens can damage corals as they increase susseptibility to viruses! Also you should never touch corals as you can transmit human pathogens to them such as the Herpes virus!!

GeoLeo42 10 years ago

Una pequeña muestra de la riqueza natural de nuestro hermoso país...felicidades moralcoral!

Wild Things
Wild Things 10 years ago

Lovely spotting and congrats.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

IrmaFelicitas your comment is important; I'm going to try to translate it into English. I'm not very good at this.
When swimming to see corals, don't use creams or sunscreen because they damage the corals.

SantaLuciaReserve 10 years ago

The baton has been passed on to a worthy spotter. Well deserved spot of the day. Great photo.

AlOndraBettzyCampos 10 years ago

que presiozuras de corales la berdad no se porq los maltratan

IrmaFelicitas 10 years ago

Qué increíbles colores! Adoro mi tierra mexicana, por favor cuando vayan a ver los corales, no usen cremas o cosas antisolares, porque dañan permanentemente el arrecife al mezclarse con el agua. Gracias.

moralcoral 10 years ago

Yay =)

peter 10 years ago

Spotting of the Day!

"Yellow tube sponges pump five times their own volume of water every minute, filtering out the tiny particles on which they feed."

Palaimon 10 years ago

nice colors!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

Very Pretty Coral!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

Wow Indeed!

CarolSnowMilne 10 years ago


SantaLuciaReserve 10 years ago

Nope. We see the bears(oso), kinkajous(cusumbo), tayra(cabeza de mate) and some of the cooperative have seen puma but the little cats are so timid. I'm off for a night in a hammock next week, that'll be our best bet...

moralcoral 10 years ago

Id love to see an oncila! have you seen any (not via camera trap)?

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

It looks like flowers blooming underwater. Very nice.

SantaLuciaReserve 10 years ago

Caecilians or oncilas and you're in.

moralcoral 10 years ago

Forest Corals Maybe, or snakes im good with them too!

moralcoral 10 years ago

Dunno id rather be in Santa Lucia!! If you ever need a coral expert?? =)

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Quintana Roo, Mexico

Spotted on Jan 11, 2011
Submitted on Nov 11, 2011

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