Bubblegum corals (red) lack any form of fused internal skeleton.A complex of microscopic skeletal structures (sclerites) joined by organiccements provide support to the colony. Fleshy brittle stars are usually found in association with these corals.
Date: 2010 July 11
Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010, NOAA/OER
Location: Indonesia, Naung Seamount and Target K area
Subject: Ocean exploration