Orange Sponges, white Sea Frost, Green Algae, Red Encrusting Sponge, and Feather Hydroids on a branch of Black Coral.
Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman Island. Depth 185 feet or 55 meters

Marine Invertebrates from Caves and Walls - Caribbean Underwater Photography Gallery V

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Marine Invertebrates of Reefs, Walls, and Caves

Caribbean Underwater Photography Gallery V


 *  The above image was taken deep off the wall at Bloody Bay, Little Cayman Island.  It contains a  number of marine organisms.  We think the orange sponge is (Ulosa hispida), the traces of Red Encrusting Sponge, we won't even try to identify.  The feather-like Hydroids are (Sertularella speciosa), and the white Sea Frost is a Colonial Serpulid Worm (Filograna implexa).  The Stem serving as a base is a species of Black Coral (Antipathes. sp). 

This environment is located near Jackson Bay, Little Cayman Island.  Here may be found some interesting underwater caves, sometimes called the Y-Caves.  These caves are home to a number of invertebrates: the colonial serpulid Sea Frost is abundant, occurring in large colonies (1), also a may be found a variety of sponges and hydroids.   It has been noted that for open ended sea caves of sufficient length, depth of penetration into the cave may be related to an equivalent underwater depth.  The image (2) was taken deep in the cave, at a depth of between 100 and 125 feet (30 and 38 meters).  Note the striking resemblance to the parent image.

Bloody Bay Wall, Little Cayman Island. Depth 185 feet or 55 meters

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