Our photo of the day delivers a bit of winter reverie from the waters of Australia.
PhotographerJohn Turnbulldescribes this beautiful photo of snowyCarijoa octocoral(shot in the waters at Bare Island,Australia) as a "successful symbiosis." He writes:
"The orange stem of carijoa is actually a coating of encrusting sponge which lives in a symbiotic relationship with the coral.It is thought that the toxic sponge protects the coral's stem from predators,and in return the coral provides a home for the sponge.This is a very successful relationship."
In other words: Sponge and coral,BFFs.
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