Soft Corals – Undersea Wildflowers

As opposed to the sometimes-use of the term “soft coral” for everything that isn’t a stony coral, “soft corals” is also the informal name for a specific type of animal in the order Alcyonacea. Individually only millimeters in width and height, they form colonial structures that resemble multibranched  trees, presenting a delicate, feathery appearance. They’ve been dubbed “undersea wildflowers.” Alcyonacea polyps (al-see-nay‘-see-ah, from the Greek word for kingfisher) are like all coral polyps, with symmetrically

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