Wordless Wednesday #18 - Animal, Mineral or Vegetable?

Broccoli Coral (Dendronephthya sp.)





52 comments:

  1. I'll guess, ALL THREE?

    Come see who had a birthday!

    DEB

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  2. If you guessed "Vegetable" I wouldn't blame you. But these are not photos of a vegetable, and in fact they're not even plants! These are macro shots of a kind of soft coral (Dendronephthya sp.). The common name for this variety is "Broccoli Coral" and you can see why. For more info about this kind of coral, have a look at yesterday's post about Broccoli Coral.

    I took the photos awhile back in the Red Sea.

    Bobbie

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  3. Very nice shot. I really love the pictures you take under the water.
    Kyla

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  4. Vegetable. Ummmm... carnivorous vegetable, the best type. :)

    Happy WW!

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  5. Cauliflower. hehehe Thx for visiting! Happy WW :)

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  6. it's a coral isn't it?

    great photograph taken underwater!!

    Happy WW!

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  7. You must have a powerful camera! Happy WW!

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  8. For a while I thought they were fish eggs! You must be using a super-powerful camera to be able to get a shot like that :D

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  9. I guessed animal, before I looked at the comments. Your Wordless Wednesdays are very educational. I'm showing them to my children.

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  10. This is a new blog to me - I love it! We had an experience swimming with a wild "pod")I guess that's correct)in Maui. I've never been so electrified by an experience! Truly amazing...
    ~~~Blessings~~~

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  11. I'm so glad to have discovered this blog. Although I live in a bushland paradise in Kenya, and I love all the animal-life around me here, sometimes I feel like I am in fact a child of the sea. I love being by the ocean, in the ocean, on the ocean. I learned to dive in Australia eight years ago, and can certainly say, if you haven't done it yet, do it soon!
    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful photos and more...
    Tanya (in Kenya)
    PS. I'm going to add you to my Links page in my Wilderness Diary.

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  12. I would say these are corals. A little pale but still, lol !

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  13. This doesn't look edible. Gosh, I'm posting too many food pictures. hehehe.....

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  14. I'm a botanist, but I'm pretty sure it's animal. Beautiful macro shots! Thanks for your visit!

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  15. Wow those are so beautiful....Excellent photos...Thanks for sharing...Happy WW...
    Mine is up too:
    My Digital Snapshot
    Let's Laugh Together

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  16. Nice shot. And I learned something too. Happy WW.

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  17. I know it is coral but it really does look like a vegetable. Amazing.

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  18. Back when I had a reef tank I raised that species of coral. Softies (as we call them) are a neat type of coral that can inflate their bodies with water and seemingly 'grab' the current to snag passing plankton for food.

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  19. Its looks like brocoli only different. Cool pic. Happy WW and thanks for stopping by:)

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  20. coral was my guess.... great macros! i went to a talk about global warmong yesterday, and they showed some slides of the toll the warming is taking on coral.... very sad.

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  21. Okay I knew it was coral, Bobbie...I don't come to your blog for nuttin' ya know! :) But I did think broccoli, LOL! Gee, Bobbie, take me with you, take me with you! I'm sure Jerry wouldn't mind...The Red Sea! Thanks for visiting me!

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  22. More amazing things that you get to see under water. Thanks for sharing...

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  23. I thought it was some kind of coral, very cool photos. I was a diver in years gone by.....

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  24. If it were an one-question exam, it's good to know that I didn't flunk. heheh.

    ZAM aka Mama Meji

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  25. Very beautiful. Thanks for the visit.

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  26. Great shot, very close up photos. Thanks for sharing. Happy WW!

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  27. Wow, excellent close up shots. I would LOVE to get back into scuba diving if even just for the photography. Inspiring!

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  28. I first thought a strange gastropod but I saw your earlier post. It really looks like Romaesco. Great photography. Happy WW

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  29. A soft coral, how cool. I had never seen anything like that. Great shots.

    Happy WW

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  30. The texture and grace of this coral is amazing. My hat's off to you!

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  31. Hello there Bobbie
    Thank you for your kind comment.. I will be back here to view your beautiful looking pictures another time real soon... I will try and make the time tomorrow but I'll be back..
    Once again thank you.

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  32. It does look a little like broccoli... underwater broccoli!

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  33. These are amazing, I can't get over how you can produce such beautiful images from underwater, fantastic work !!

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  34. Thanks to all of you for visiting and leaving a comment. It looks like I didn't fool too many people with these photos of the soft coral. Most regular readers of The Right Blue seemed to know that this is a coral and that coral = animal. (Really does look plant-like, though.)

    @ Rhonda - Yes, especially that first shot could be taken for cauliflower I suppose.

    @ ZJ - Now that you mention it, fish eggs is another good guess.

    @ Shari - I'm pleased to hear that you are sharing some of my photos with your children.

    @ Gracie -- Lucky you to have that wonderful experience when you went to Maui.

    @ Tanya (Pixel-Pixie) - I just saw your wonderful blog for the first time yesterday. I'm encouraging everyone who likes nature, wildlife, and great photography to visit it. I spent about an hour there yesterday and your blog already is a new favorite of mine.

    @ Gattina -- I'm laughing at your comment, "a little pale." Come back -- I'm about to post more photos of these types of corals, but in much snazzier colors.

    @ Christopher S. - I've never seen these in a reef tank. Were they hard to raise? And you are right -- they can plump themselves out or make themselves look wimpy and withered.

    @ Mary - Okay, next time we head off to Egypt, I'll try to remember that you'd like to tag along. ;-}

    @ Robert & Sarge Charlie -- Get back into the water! What are you waiting for?

    :-D

    Bobbie

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  35. Totally cool ! I love veggies, but I dont think I could eat those :)

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  36. Ummm vegetable? :) its hard to say... looks like something from the sea, so maybe animal???

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  37. I always get to see the best pictures in here!

    Thanks for dropping by, have a great WW!

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  38. Hi Bobbie - What a detailed photo! Are the stalks hard and the polyps soft - or is the whole thing soft? They are beautiful!

    Kathy

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  39. Gorgeous shots. All three together really give a sense of the sway under the surface.

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  40. I'm honored you visited and left a comment at P i l l o w b o o k! Your devotional oceanal photographs are stunning. :)

    Reminds me of the amazing sea life I saw when learning to dive in Phuket. I've only ever done a night dive to watch the rays in Hawaii.

    Thanks for letting me peek into your world! I'll add you to my reader.

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  41. Thanks everyone. I'm glad you liked the photos, and thanks for recording your guesses.

    @ Kathy - The stalks are kind of rubbery, filled with a gelatinous material. They can inflate (by taking in water) and deflate. You'll see in the next few posts. The polyps mostly are feathery, but in some varieties they are stiffer, almost like little spikes when they are open.

    @ Cynematic - Thanks for subscribing to the feed. Do you still dive? If you had to do only one dive in Hawaii, the manta ray night dive sure was a good choice.

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  42. Very cool photos! We were right - we thought is was a coral. :)

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  43. One really amazing blog is what deals with the former love me the Sea. Still him I love, but I do not want to say other, because perhaps it is considered... disbelief.
    Because years ego, me gained the apiculture

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  44. Amazing and enlightening pics as always!
    Zarquon

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  45. Thank you all. We hope you're now enticed to come back to The Right Blue for more!

    Bobbie & Jerry

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Bobbie & Jerry