Monday, December 10, 2012


One day last week, as I was walking along the high tide line, I spotted a thin pink object protruding from under a pile of seaweed. Thinking it was a plastic streamer or a deflated section of a balloon, I reached down to rid the beach of it. To my surprise, I discovered that it was a piece of hard coral in the shape of delicate and graceful tentacles. Within a half a mile I found another specimen. I can't remember ever before finding such a coral on Ocracoke's beach.

Pink Coral Found at Ocracoke, Dec. 2012

An Internet search yielded only the following Wikipedia photo of a similar, but differently colored coral:

Corail_à_Myrtle..._le_retour.jpg by Maniacduhockey

Perhaps one of our readers can identify the coral I found on the beach. Please leave a comment if you can.

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  1. Anonymous8:51 AM

    If you have an aquarium perhaps you could keep it alive and let it continue to live and grow

  2. One of my friends said it could be calcified red algae?

    I'll keep looking!

  3. Anonymous3:37 PM

    Interesting how things at the beach often seem to come in pairs. Years ago, I found a pair of winged oyster shells, still tied together. A short distance further down the beach, I found a second pair in similar condition!

  4. Emily W -- Your friend might be correct. Unfortunately I can't find an image that's detailed enough to make a reliable comparison.