Swaying in the current


A large gorgonian fan, Ctenocella pectinata, near Heron Island.
Image: John Huisman

 

Wednesday 10 September 2008
 
THIS large gorgonian fan, Ctenocella pectinata, was found in the channel just outside the entrance to Heron Island.
 
CReefs participant Trish Hendriks said these types of soft corals tended to grow in deep water with strong currents, and they were fairly typically found in channels.
 
"They're fairly static, but they move about when the currents push them," she said.
 
This particular gorgonian is more than one metre tall.