Excellent macrophotography (2:1) showing the polyps and tentacles of an octocoral (colonial cnidarians with numerous tiny polyps embedded in a soft matrix that forms the visible structure of the colony). Each polyp has eight tentacles which catch plankton and particulate matter that is consumed.

Unidentified species, taken in Palau by ©Dmitry Vinogradov


17 Amazing Images Of Sea Creatures From The Bottom Of The Ocean

From Sept. 4 to Oct. 7, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration explored the deep-sea ecosystems off the U.S. Atlantic Coast with its ship Okeanos Explorer. By deploying remotely operated underwater vehicles, or ROVs, NOAA researchers were able to plumb the ocean’s depths, collecting baseline data and mapping the mysterious seafloor.

Equipped with lights, cameras, and an array of sensors, the ROVs were able to collect data on their surroundings while capturing a stream of stunning images from their explorations. Along the way, the vehicles encountered a variety of fascinating deep-sea creatures.

Here are a few of the amazing animals the NOAA researchers spotted during their trip.

Read more (and view more photos) here.

(via Marine Conservation Institute)

Text credit: Chelsea Harvey

Image credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program

Blue Coral (Heliopora coerulea)

The only species in the family Helioporidae, Heliopora coreulea is an interesting species of Octocoral that is widely distributed throughout the Indo-Pacific. H. coerulea is unusual as it is the only species of Octocoral that is known to produce a “massive skeleton”, the skeleton that H. coerulea produces is formed of aragonite, the same substance stony corals build their skeletons out of. The polyps of blue coral live in tubes within the skeleton and are connected by a thin layer of tissue.

Currently Heliopora coerulea is listed as Vulnerable and likely faces threats from the same reasons many other coral reefs (and species) are threatened by.


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Image: Haplochromis

Octocoral in a symbiotic relationship with Anemone // Phylum: Cnidaria // Class: Anthozoa // Subclass: Octocorallia // Actiniaria
Photo Credit: NOAA Ocean Explorer
— Paramount Seamount Ex
Octocorallia is a subclass of Anthozoa comprising ~3,000 species of water-based organisms formed of colonial polyps with 8-fold symmetry.

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Coral Reef Gardens found thriving in Gulf of Maine

New research has found a type of coral reef called Octocorals, previously thought to have diminished off the East Coast of the US in the Gulf of Maine, has been recently discovered surviving in dense coral garden communities in more than one location. The paper ‘Octocoral gardens in the Gulf of Maine (NW Atlantic), by Peter Auster et al, published inBiodiversity, studied Octocorals, a type of fragile deep-sea coral reef that grow and reproduce at very slow rates. 

Photo credit: NOAA

Octocorals used to be a common part of seafloor fauna in the Gulf of Maine. However, based on past accounts of where corals had been found, it had appeared that a century of fishing with bottom contact gear had reduced their distribution to just a small habitable area. Read more here!

Sony meldt beschikbaarheid Xperia C4

Sony meldt beschikbaarheid Xperia C4

Lead Generation, maar dan beter …

Sony maakt bekend dat de Xperia C4 vanaf nu verkrijgbaar is voor 349 euro. De smartphone beschikt over onder meer een 5,5 inch display, een 5-megapixel front-camera met een 25mm G-lens, een 13 megapixel rear-camera en 64-bit octocore-processor. De Xperia C4 komt in de kleuren wit, zwart en mint.

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Hard soft coral: New genus and species of 'living fossil' octocoral related to blue coral

Research conducted in Okinawa, Japan, by graduate student Yu Miyazaki and associate professor James Davis Reimer from the University of the Ryukyus has found a very unusual new species of octocoral from a shallow coral reef in Okinawa, Japan. The new species can be considered a “living fossil”, and is related in many ways to the unusual blue coral. The study was published in the open access journal ZooKeys. http://dlvr.it/BPGBNk

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