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15th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Fish in a Pyrosome

Part of my weekly adventure is to enjoy Black water diving. That is, diving at night in the Gulf Stream current, to photograph bizarre creatures rarely seen. I am truly amazed by the brilliant colors and odd animals that I find. Here we have a pyrosome-a group of free-floating colonial tunicates that live in the ocean in warmer waters. There is a synergy and symbiosis between animals in the ocean- here fish have found shelter in this tube like creature.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 05.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2017
Photo Location: West Palm Beach, Florida, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D7100
Copyright: © Suzan Meldonian
Awards
Photo of the Day: 02.20.18