Bouquet for International Oceans Day

We find these on the beaches a lot down here – usually bleached out to white by the time they wash up – but you can see why they’re called sea tulips in this photo. It looks like a plant or seaweed but is in fact an animal, a kind of sea squirt that is anchored on a stalk and filters its food from the water. The colour comes courtesy of a sponge that grows on the surface in a symbiotic relationship.

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