Wednesday, 19 May 2010
is an amazing animal that has the appearance of a plant and is known as the Gorgonian, or more commonly referred to as a sea whip or sea fan.
Its branching rays resemble the head of mythical monsters - the Gorgon, with snakes instead of hair. Hence it got its name.
The Gorgonian feeds on small particles of plant and animal organisms or their excreta, and is found throughout the tropics and subtropics and therefore is likely one of the marine species currently under threat by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ?
You may not find the music track of the video very appealing and it seems somewhat unusual if not down right obtuse to the listing glide of the fonds of the sea fan, but you can simply turn the sound off !
Read more about the Gorgonians here.