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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

A pair of Sea Pens (Virgularia sp.) growing on the ocean floor near a shallow coral reef at night. Sea Pens are specialized octocorals adpated for life in soft sand and sediment. They are comprised of two parts - an above ground part as seen here, and a below ground part which is basically a musclular peduncle which anchors the colony into the sea bottom.
These specimans was seen during a night dive on the "Twin Rocks" shore dive in front of the Planet Dive resort in Anilao in the Batangas region of The Philippines.

· Date: Mon November 21, 2005 · Reference ID: /22005-10-21-21-59-29 · Views: 5638 ·
Keywords: pennatulacea octo coral octocoral tropical indo pacific muck sand mud asia


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