Dead Man’s Fingers

A close-up photo of dead man's fingers (Alcyonium digitatum), living in the Baltic Sea.
© OCEANA Carlos Minguell

Dead man’s fingers (Alcyonium digitatum) are soft corals named for their appendage-like appearance when thrown ashore by storms. The finger-like clumps of coral polyps come in various shades of pink, orange, white, grey, or yellow and are found along the northern Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America.  View other images of Baltic Sea life in a photo gallery of Oceana’s 2011 expedition.

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