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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl2203

Bubblegum corals (red) lack any form of fused internal skeleton. A complex of microscopic skeletal structures (sclerites) joined by organic cements provide support to the colony. Fleshy brittle stars are usually found in association with these corals. Sea lilies (yellow) are also common.

Image ID: expl2203, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Location: Indonesia, Naung Seamount and Target "K" area
Photo Date: 2010 July 11
Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010, NOAA/OER

Category: Ocean exploration/

High Resolution Photo Available

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