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What's this thingamajobber coming out of the coral?


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#1 onewolf

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 12:49 PM

Photo taken at Sombrero Reef in the FL Keys.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:51 AM

Looks more like it's just lying on top of the coral and isn't part of the coral at all. Unidentifiable debris would be my guess.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 03:39 PM

Looks more like it's just lying on top of the coral and isn't part of the coral at all. Unidentifiable debris would be my guess.


Close up view. It looks to me like it's coming out of the polyp.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 10:05 PM

Wharever it is, the coral polyp is chowing down on it. If you had stayed, it might have burped and smoked a cigarette when it was done. YUM!!

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:48 AM

I agree with Leslie, doesn't (even in the close up) look like it is coming out or going into the coral, looks like it is just laying on top.

My thoughts originally were algae or turtle grass laying on top.
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Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:16 AM

I disagree, the polyp looks like it is eating whatever it is.

I got some poor quality shots of a similar meal

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It looks like one of the critters I refer to as a "bloodworm"....whatever that is..... Was this shot at night? I often shine my lights on such polyps, at night, to feed the polyps with the critters bumping into the lit up coral.

Edited by AllisonFinch, 24 September 2012 - 10:19 AM.