strange animals: the brain coral

by Stormfish September. 13, 2012 3696 views

brain corals - like any coral - are actual animals, despite their appearing “immobility”. they live and thrive in colonies of polyps that build a protective and static, stone hard skeleton which over time forms up in a globe shape, resembling the windings of a brain.

the polyps retract their tentacles during daytime, leaving only the hard skeleton visible; while during the night they can be seen feeding on small animals, as well as algae that lives in their tissue.

brain corals are fairly common in tropic water and are eager reef builders. due to their compact form, they are quite sturdy and protected from strong currents or hurricanes.

although the myriads of polyps in one coral stock, who are genetically identical, but individual animals, share nutrients and thus live in a kind of symbiosis, there is no relation to the “thinking” function of a brain - each of the polyps living in the colony is a self standing animal, not sharing a community mind in any meaningful way of the word.

tatawa besar, komodo national park, indonesia [maps.google.ch]

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Edyta 7 years, 8 months ago

otherworldly

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Bryan 7 years, 8 months ago

Very interesting, eerie texture to it.

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Stuey 7 years, 8 months ago

That is a very cool picture. :)

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Brian Cofer 7 years, 8 months ago

Awesome shot! Love the eeriness of the green and the contours.

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jarvo J 7 years, 8 months ago

Absolutely stunning!

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Roxanne 7 years, 8 months ago

oh that is just awesome. fascinatingly hauntingly beautiful!

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jacki 7 years, 8 months ago

Oh... in to my fav's. 8^)

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jacki 7 years, 8 months ago

This reminds me that I must get back to looking at your Flicker account... I noticed this shot there and liked it then also.

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
G B 7 years, 8 months ago

such brainwaves!

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Olivia 7 years, 8 months ago

Good to know! Wonderful capture and colours!

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Lisa 7 years, 8 months ago

That's marvelous. Yes, they are more Like a great big apartment building than anything else, I guess.

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Ewa 7 years, 8 months ago

Great photo! I felt calm from just looking at it. Well, everything is connected [i]in a way[/i], ain't it? :)

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Agnes Felber 7 years, 8 months ago

No comunity mind? Instead they are highly individualistic, like you are!

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Larry Sample 7 years, 8 months ago

Great capture! But really, who knows what or if it is thinking? We humans are forever overestimating our supposed knowledge.

7 years, 8 months ago Edited
Teo Montana 7 years, 8 months ago

Wow! Great Capture!

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