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Old 03-11-2003, 09:52 PM   #1
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What could this be?

I do not know what this is. I found two of them at the beach. They seem to be almost like leaves. It is redish pink, looks like a heart, with a stem. As you can see it has what look to be polyps on it... I put them in a cup of sea water and brought them home and acclimated them... They seem to be responsive...the polyps go away when touched...??????
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Were they washed up on the beach or in the water, I must say, I havent a clue.
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Old 03-12-2003, 01:14 AM   #3
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They were still in the water but, washed up you might say...It is a place were the water has eroded away some beautiful tidal pools with an abundance of life... Anenomes, Zoos, Hermits, Crabs and all kinds of goodies...I don't bother any of them because they are good looking just were they are...hmm these were not attached and just free floating..I did not see anything like a mother theses things would have come from...I only saw about four or five. I took two...The picture does not do it justice...However, since I posted the topic, it has now moved off of the rock and fell onto the sand...The stem or whatever, seems to be something it uses to move around with, however, I have not witnessed this... I went back to the tank and it was off of the rock upside down with the stem sticking straight up... One seems to be healthy and the other is kind of frail. looks to be passing..
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How about another pic?
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Doesn't matter now, one shrivelled up and the other is completely missing...
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Well the only thing I could think of based on the description and the polyps I saw in the pic, was some type of Sea Pen, but I am not very confident of the ID. Although the disappearance might lsupport that, since SeaPens are non-photosynthetic.
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