Sunday, June 9, 2013

Elegance Coral Showing Off

Yet another great photo by Mark Lewer from the salt water reef tank at Headwaters Science Center.

This is an Elegance Coral. Normally the tube-like tentacles (which discharge nematocytes or stinging cells) are extended and wave in the current searching for food, but here they are at rest and pulled into sac-like structures filled with water, exposing the mouth and other body parts of the animal. With a little imagination flavored with curiosity you can see the caricature of a human skeleton under there. Right?

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