We saw many signs of Cyclone Watson on this trip, two months later. Particularly on shallow reef flats. This branch of hard coral, about 1 inch in diameter, was snapped off. But the coral flesh is growing across the newly exposed end, and the colony will survive.
On the beach behind Lion Rock near Piha Stream. Just washed up by the tide. Stormy weather.
¡Estos corales crecen dentro de una esponja barril!
We puzzled over this photo a big. It's a deflated soft coral. But what are the white balls? Is it releasing eggs or planulae?
Really big, about 40cm long, floating just off a dock
Cnidaria (/naɪˈdɛəriə/ with a silent c) is a phylum containing over 10,000species of animals found exclusively in aquatic and mostly marine environments. Their distinguishing feature is cnidocytes, specialized cells that they use mainly for capturing prey. Their bodies consist of mesoglea, a non-living jelly-like substance, sandwiched between two layers of epithelium that are mostly one cell thick. They have two basic body forms: swimming medusae and sessile polyps, both of which are radially symmetrical with mouths...