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Fish swimming among sea pens
November 20, 2011

Sea Pens, New Zealand

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos Soft corals called sea pens, usually found at depth, and a blue cod appear in shallow waters in New Zealand's Long Sound reserve, where tannin-stained water blocks light. When disturbed, sea pens emit a greenish light and can deflate, retreating into their bulbous feet. (From the National Geographic book Ocean Soul by Brian Skerry) Buy the book Ocean Soul » See more pictures of ocean habitats » See more pictures of New Zealand » Browse Traveler's selections for the best trips of 2012 »
Photograph by Brian Skerry, National Geographic

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