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Coral Castle

Seen through a microscope, this corrugated coral seems like a battlemented castle defending itself against tiny missiles. In fact, the coral will catch and eat any of the little arrowhead-shaped crustaceans that get caught on the coral's thin white digestive "mesenterial" filaments. This coral was collected in Panama during a field course for MIT/WHOI Joint Program students taught by biologists Jesús Pineda and Ann Tarrant. This image is in the 2013 WHOI calendar, available at the WHOI store and the Ocean Science Exhibit Center. (Photo by Liz Drenkard, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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