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gorgonian hydroid

gorgonian hydroid © Scott Nielsen found these Grand Cayman and got some good shots

Ping-Pong Tree Sponge in the Mariana Trench, the Deepest Place in the World

The aptly named Ping-pong tree sponge (Chondrocladia lampadiglobus) is a carnivorous sponge. Those ping-pong ball looking things are covered in tiny spicules which the sponge uses to catch tiny crustaceans.

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♒ ĊṜƹคŤʊṜƹ§ ᎧŦ Ťђє §ƹค ♒ <º))))>< ~ Blue Discosoma (mushroom coral)

Jellyfish pretending to be mushrooms

Spotted Jelly (iainclaridge.net)

Spotted jelly (medusa moteada) at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Photo by Marty Cohen Photography.

2757_9435_500 Peixe muito estranho.

Love these kind of things: Helioceras heteromorph ammonite model extinct fossil - the soft parts are hypothetical, and may have been much more cool or colorful.

Under the Sea. Sea anemones.

A close relative of coral and jellyfish, anemones are stinging polyps that spend most of their time attached to rocks on the sea bottom or on coral reefs waiting for fish to pass close enough to get ensnared in their venom-filled tentacles.

Coolhunter at work

Norbert Wu, Gossamer Jellyfish, look at that. a haute couture jellyfish. Quetzal by VisitGuatemala Beautiful little Mountain Bluebirds snugg.

sea squirt

Coral - Sea Tunicates (Clavelina picta) - Painted tunicate - purple colony on soft coral - Alacranes Banc, Gulf of Mexico, Yucatan, Mexico (Photo by Luis Javier Sandoval on Getty Images)

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