One of the beautiful Serpulid or Christmas Tree Worms (Spirobranchus sp.) among orange Sponges and greenish Algae.
Shipwreck Balboa, Georgetown Harbor, Grand Cayman Island, BWI. - Depth 25 feet or 8 meters
| * A delicately colored member of
one of the most beautiful of the Serpulid Worms, the Christmas Tree Worm
or (Spirobranchus giganteus). Unlike the Sabellid
Worms, the Serpulid possess a calcareous tube. The operculum is
purple, and bears two horns. The entire worm can quickly withdraw
into the tube, the operculum close, and the worm is thus protected from
predators. Visible in the image also are orange sponges (Ulosa hispida),
and a Brown Algae, possibly (Dictyota sp.).
Shipwreck Balboa, Georgetown Harbor, Grand Cayman Island. - Depth 25 feet or 8 meters