Soft Corals

There are two main types of corals: hard corals and soft corals.

Soft corals, like sea fingers and sea whips, are soft and bendable and often resemble plants or trees. These corals do not have stony skeletons and are non-reef-building corals—instead, they grow wood-like cores and fleshy rinds for protection. Like hard corals, they tend to live in colonies.

Soft coral (Dendronephthya sp.). Photo by Nick Hobgood
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