This image of an orange gorgonian was taken by the creator of Sea and Sky. Sometimes referred to as sea fans, gorgonians are formed by a colony of tiny coral polyps. Though they look like plants, gorgonian corals are actually animals. The coral polyp are closely related to sea anemones. The tiny polyps sue their feathery tentacles to capture tiny plankton and other food from the seawater. There are 500 different species of gorgonians found in the oceans of the world.
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