Gorgonia ventalina is a species of sea fan that is usually purple. Its spicules are small and fusiform; tiny white polyps protrude from these spicules. Gorgonia ventalina is found in coral reefs and feeds on zooplankton by orienting itself in the sea current's path to catch the tiny organisms.
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