Deepwater Sea Fan (Iciligorgia schrammi)

Also known as Black Sea Fan, Brown Sea Fan, Deepwater Gorgonian Sea Fan, Deepwater Octocoral, Gorgonian Sea Fan, Octocoral, Red Gorgonian Sea Fan

Description

Also known as Black Sea Fan, Brown Sea Fan, Deepwater Gorgonian Sea Fan, Deepwater Octocoral, Gorgonian Sea Fan, Octocoral, Red Gorgonian Sea Fan.

Found in colonies attached to rocky substrates on vertical walls in clear deep waters with strong currents over bays and coastal reef slopes.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 120cm
Depth - 10-350m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean

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. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iciligorgia_schrammi

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