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Ink-spot sea squirts

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Ink-spot sea squirts

Ink-spot sea squirts (Polycarpa aurata, yellow and purple) on a reef. Sea squirts, or tunicates, are sessile barrel-shaped animals that feed by filtering plankton from the water. Photographed off Misool, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

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Brightly Coloured Colourful Coral Reef Corals Indo Pacific Indonesia Indonesian Ink Spot Ink Spot Sea Squirt Marine Life Misool Polycarpa Aurata Raja Ampat Tropics Tunicate Tunicates Urochordata Urochordate Urochordates West Papua


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This print showcases the mesmerizing beauty of Ink-spot sea squirts, also known as Polycarpa aurata, found on a vibrant reef. These unique creatures are tunicates or sea squirts that have barrel-shaped bodies and reside in one place throughout their lives. Their feeding mechanism involves filtering plankton from the surrounding water. The photograph was taken off Misool, Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia - a region renowned for its rich biodiversity and stunning marine life. The image captures the essence of nature's brilliance with its explosion of colors and intricate details. In this underwater scene, we witness an array of yellow and purple hues adorning these ink-spotted sea squirts. Against the backdrop of coral reefs teeming with life, they create a striking contrast that is both visually captivating and scientifically intriguing. As we delve into the world beneath the waves through this photograph, it reminds us of the incredible diversity found within our oceans. It highlights not only the importance of preserving such delicate ecosystems but also serves as a testament to nature's ability to produce astonishingly beautiful organisms. This image is a testament to Science Photo Library's dedication to capturing extraordinary moments in nature while providing valuable insights into zoology, marine biology, and aquatic ecosystems worldwide.

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