The coral reef consists of many animals including brittle stars (a type of star fish) and sponges.    Adrienne Rodriguez-Keenan via Karen Haines onto Absolutely Natural Show Us The Love Pinterest contest 2013

The coral reef consists of many animals including brittle stars (a type of star fish) and sponges. Adrienne Rodriguez-Keenan via Karen Haines onto Absolutely Natural Show Us The Love Pinterest contest 2013

Brittle Star and diver. Such a beautiful and mysterious creature!

Brittle Star and diver. Such a beautiful and mysterious creature!

The giant red brittle star, Ophioderma, is found only in Oculina habitat

The giant red brittle star, Ophioderma, is found only in Oculina habitat

Brittle stars are closely related to starfish. Their arms can be up to 60 cm (24 in) long, and they have specialized nerves on the ends of each arm that can detect light and the presence of certain chemicals.  (via Brittle star | 2012 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon Small World)

Brittle stars are closely related to starfish. Their arms can be up to 60 cm (24 in) long, and they have specialized nerves on the ends of each arm that can detect light and the presence of certain chemicals. (via Brittle star | 2012 Photomicrography Competition | Nikon Small World)

When it comes to global climate change and the potential of photosynthesis to remove excesses of CO2 accumulating in the atmosphere the focus to date has been largely on higher plants in terrestrial habitats. And whilst the role of angiosperms in near-coastal marine habitats e.g. mangrove forests and seagrass meadows has also been considered any potential that marine macroalgae might have in this regard has been largely ignored.  Researcher Mike Murphy holding Saccharina latissima (sugar…

When it comes to global climate change and the potential of photosynthesis to remove excesses of CO2 accumulating in the atmosphere the focus to date has been largely on higher plants in terrestrial habitats. And whilst the role of angiosperms in near-coastal marine habitats e.g. mangrove forests and seagrass meadows has also been considered any potential that marine macroalgae might have in this regard has been largely ignored. Researcher Mike Murphy holding Saccharina latissima (sugar…

Indulgent peanut brittle smothered with sea salt chocolate – a simple but delicious recipe that uses just 4 ingredients.

Indulgent peanut brittle smothered with sea salt chocolate – a simple but delicious recipe that uses just 4 ingredients.

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This is described as "ribbon coral"  I think that it might be a basket star,a type of brittle star,with it's arms tucked in!

This is described as "ribbon coral" I think that it might be a basket star,a type of brittle star,with it's arms tucked in!

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