Sunday Nature Stills – 08/21/2022

I photographed this little feather duster worm off the east coast of Australia in the protected waters of a coral cay.  When you swim up to them, they tend to quickly retract in a flash, but if you patiently stay in one place for a while, they start to come out to feed on drifting plankton.  This one is relatively small at only about 3/4 of an inch across. I like how delicate they are. The amount of small life in coral reefs is impressive.