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Mr. James H. Nicholson  NOAA/NOS/NCCOS Fort Johnson Marine Lab  Charleston, South Carolina, USA  Specimen: Underwater image of live coral Montastraea annularis. Note polyp tissue (green) around the mouth and base of the tentacles and zooxanthellae (red fluorescence from chlorophyll) in the tissue between polyps. Tentacles also are visible.  Technique: Fluorescence

Underwater image of live coral Montastraea annularis. Note polyp tissue (green) around the mouth and base of the tentacles and zooxanthellae (red fluorescence from chlorophyll) in the tissue between polyps. Tentacles also are visible.

Ok...is there some sort of hidden blacklight below sea level? ;) The mushroom coral uses this amazing Technicolor mouth to  feast on something no other coral is known to favor—adult jellyfish.  It’s thought that the corals simply wait for jellies to run into them,  then snare them with stinging tentacles and shove them into their  mouths. Unlike reef-building corals, mushroom corals—among the world’s  biggest polyps at up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) wide—live as  individuals.

The mushroom coral uses its colorful mouth to feast on adult jellyfish. Unlike reef-building corals, mushroom corals—among the world’s biggest polyps at up to 12 inches centimeters) wide—live as individuals.

Macro shot of a starfish. The strange soft-warty structures are a distinguishing feature on the surface of Echinaster callosus! Function unknown. Images by Optical Allusion. http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/starfish-macro-shots-up-close-tropical.html

Starfish macro shot: soft-warty structures on surface of Echinaster callosus / Function unknown. Image by Optical Allusion.

Arrecifes de coral de Sulawesi, Indonesia

Vittoria Amati photographs the marine life around the coral reefs of Sulawesi, Indonesia - Telegraph

Favia coral

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