fisher-coral-05

fisher-coral-05

Close up of an impacted coral and attached brittle star.

Close-up of an impacted coral and attached brittle star. A small amount of apparently living tissue on some branches is orange. Most of the skeleton is bare or covered by brown flocculent material. The brittle starfish is a normal symbiont of this type of coral, however the bleached white color is not normal.

Image: Lophelia II 2010, NOAA OER, and BOEMRE, copyright WHOI
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