Artful Sponges

Sand Key Park, Clearwater, Florida January 2021

In mid-January an off-shore storm stirred up the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Which meant that piles of items from the seafloor ended up on the beach.

I couldn’t resist assembling this colorful palette of soft corals and sponges (Sea Whip Soft Coral, Red and Orange Devil’s Finger Sponges, Ball Sponges).

For sessile creatures that can’t hide nor hunt, they really were a surprisingly colorful bunch.

Categories: Observations

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