Colors of Sea – 10 Beautiful Worms, Corals and Mushrooms

Seas and oceans are breathtakingly beautiful part of this world. They are full of life, colors, appeal, and attract art and nature lovers. Deep colored water, lovely and marvelous fish, amazing corals, worms, mushrooms and sea animals of brilliant colors make the nature lovers and photographers dive in to relish and savor beauty of this wonderful and magnificent part of the world.

Colors of Sea


10. Light Bulb Tunicate/Light Bulb Sea Squirt

Light Bulb Sea Squirt
Light Bulb Sea Squirt

Light Bulb Sea Squirt (Scientific name: Clavelina Lepadiformis) is a colonial sea squirt. The transparent tunic of the worm shows the yellow or white internal organs. This gives them the glow of a light bulb and hence they got their name. They are mostly found along the Norwegian Coast. Their colonies can also be seen in the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, the English Channel and in the Mediterranean Sea. They sit together with a loose binding at the base. They are cylindrical and have a 4cm long elongation. They grow in late winters and reproduce in summers.


9. Christmas Tree Worms

Christmas Tree Worms
Christmas Tree Worms
Christmas Tree Worm
Christmas Tree Worms (Scientific name: Spirobranchus Giganteus) are small, tube-building  worms belonging to the family Serpulidae. These attractive corals come in a variety of colors ranging from yellow and orange to blue and white. They are widely distributed throughout the world’s tropical oceans. The worm’s multicolored spirals actually are highly derived respiratory structures. It lacks specialized appendages for movement or swimming and does not move outside it’s tube. They have two beautiful crowns which give them Christmas tree appearance and hence they got their name. These crowns are specialized mouth appendages of the worm. They are very sensitive to disturbances. Even a shadow causes an instant reaction. It’s tube is it’s home.


8. Bubble Coral

Plerogyra Sinuosa Bubble Coral
Bubble Coral
 Plerogyra sinuosa Green Bubble Coral

Bubble Corals (Scientific name: Plerogyra Sinuosa) are beautiful and extinct water filled bubbles and this property gives them their beautiful name. They need light to inflate and expand. When they expand during daytime, they look like bubbles, pearls or grapes. It has a hard skeleton which is visible when they deflate. These corals are extremely fragile and puncture with touch. Care should be taken while handling and collecting them because of their long tentacles. They are mostly found in the Red Sea, Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.


7. Open Brain Coral

Trachyphyllia Geoffroyi Open Brain Coral
Open Brain Coral
Beautiful Open Brain Corals
Trachyphyllia Geoffroyi Open Brain Corals
Open Brain Coral (Scientific name: Trachyphyllia Geoffroyi) is an oval shaped heavy skeleton with a conical base. These are also known as Folded Brain or Crater Coral. They are large polyp stony (LPS) with usually 2 to 3 polyps. The beautiful corals are red, yellow, brown, green or blue in color. It has a shape of number 8 or an hour glass shape. Tentacles come out of the mouth at evening and serve the protection purpose. The are up to 80 mm in length with 2 to 3 mouths. It is photosynthetic and requires no feeding. The red ones need less lightning than the green ones. They are easy to be collected as they prefer attaching their body to reefs, shells and dead corals.


6. Cup Coral

Cup Coral


Cup corals (Family name: Dendrophyllidae ) are beautiful corals produced in deep water. They are non-reef building species and live on zooplankton. They extend beautiful translucent tentacles at night. Cup corals are found in extremely cold water throughout the world. Cup corals are also known as flowers of the sea and are famous due to their brilliant colors and bouquet formation. They usually take the formation of cups and plate. This coral makes its own outer skeleton of limestone.


2 thoughts on “Colors of Sea – 10 Beautiful Worms, Corals and Mushrooms

  1. most of these coral (except the tunicate/squirt) can be grown in the home reef aquaium. best of all, they can be obtained from other hobbiest who have grown them out for many generations, instead of recently removing them from a living reef. for many hobbiest, all the above (except the cup coral/”sun coral”) are very easy to grow.

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