Sea Fans (Melithaeidae)
Gorgonian Sea Fans, White Gorgonian Sea Fan and Fan Coral
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Also known as Gorgonian Sea Fans, White Gorgonian Sea Fan and Fan Coral.
Found on coral and rocky reef, growing like a bramble bush with unique branches of three to five growing out of each pink axis. Branches are flat bladed with white polyps along each side.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 170cm
Depth - 10-20m
Most soft corals have no true skeleton and so their bodies are flexible.
Some soft corals have spikes very similar to rose thorns which may help to protect against predators.
Soft corals are food and shelter to many marine animals, some of which hide in the branches and take on the colouration of these corals.
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