May 22, 2012

Deepwater Whip Coral, Japan

Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: Adventure and Exploration Photos

What looks like a tangle of gnarled cables is in fact a forest of deepwater whip coral in Suruga Bay. Each strand is studded with feeding polyps that reach tiny tentacles into the currents to grab floating food.

See more pictures from the November 2010 feature story "3 Degrees of Japan’s Seas."

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