Although we have discussed coral species with large coral polyps before, the Solitary Disc Coral (Scolymia cubensis) probably takes the crown. Unlike most species of coral it does not grow in colonies, instead, as its common name suggests, choosing a more solitary existence. In this images the tentacles of the solitary disc coral are retracted during the day, but its chubby fleshy body is still visible. At night, when its tentacles are extended it resembles an anemone more than it does a coral, and highlights why these two groups of creatures are so closely related. This particular specimen was photographed on the side of a ship wrecks hull in Anguilla, British West Indies, a small Caribbean island great for wreck diving. Here, in the 1990’s a number of ships that had been wrecked in hurricanes were re-floated and purposefully sunk out to sea to become artificial reefs. Today they are teeming with life, not just corals like the Solitary Disc Coral here, but also huge schools of fish, lobsters and sea turtles. Worth a visit for sure!
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We specialise in coral reef inspired clothing. You can also find limited edition printed products featuring some of our most popular designs. We donate 5% of our profits to conservation projects that help protect reef creatures around the globe. Currently we are supporting the Anguilla National Trust, who do vital conservation work on the small island of Anguilla, British West Indies where the majority of our images were taken. To help you learn more about these fascinating reef creatures many of them will have featured posts over the coming months. Watch this space!