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Cluse-up image of a red sea fan coral
© Corel Corporation
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Red Sea Fan

The sea fan is named because the many branches intertwine to form a shape similar to a hand-operated fan. They can frequently be seen waving back and forth in the currents. Each of the little white stars in this image is an individual coral polyp. The polyps live together in what is called a colony.

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