Pulsating soft corals

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YellowEye
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Pulsating soft corals

Post by YellowEye » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:33 pm

Interesting articles on new findings about pulsating soft corals:

http://www.idw-online.de/de/news534652

http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/349906/description/Why_corals_do_calisthenics

They look to be cool critters in the video, I would love to see some one day. I don't do much tropical diving, and don't know how common they are but it seems they may be becoming more common.

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Re: Pulsating soft corals

Post by KneeDeep » Thu Jun 06, 2013 8:19 am

These are also common in salt water tanks... it's impressive seeing a 'carpet' of them pulse. Kinda looks like wheat blowing in the wind.
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Re: Pulsating soft corals

Post by Matt S. » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:18 am

Pulsing xenia is a common soft coral in aquariums and it looks pretty incredible. I miss my reef tank a lot sometimes!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbkscBSofcI

(not my video)

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