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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

This is a tube dwelling Worm Shell (Serpulorbis imbricatus) living in a typical calcerous tube. These worm shells send out a mucus net which it uses to filter food out of the water column. This feeding method is highly unusual and almost unique to this family of sea snails.
Image taken on the top of the Monique Bommie dive site which is part of the Great Deatched Reef system in far north Queensland in Australia. A bommie is basically a sea mound or sea pinnacle.
Detached Reef's in this remote area are named as they are near - but not directly attached to the Great Barrier Reef system.

· Date: Sat February 25, 2006 · Reference ID: /22005-12-01-12-36-32 · Views: 5533 ·
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Rocky Coastline at the Silaka Nature Reserve in South Africa
Paul Osmond

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