Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus giganteus) at East Flower Garden Bank.Each pair of of colorful tree-like appendages are the gills of one animal. Itsbody, up to a foot long, resides in a tube encased within the coral boulder.
Photographer: G.P. Schmahl
Affiliation: Sanctuary Superintendent
Credit: NOAA/NOS/NMS/FGBNMS; National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library
Location: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary