An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Eunicella verrucosa (Pallas, 1766) - Pink sea fan or Lady thorn (Anthozoa Images)
Pink sea fan or Lady thorn
Eunicella verrucosa
- in an aquarium 1

Pink sea fan or Lady thorn
Eunicella verrucosa
- skeleton 1

Pink sea fan or Lady thorn
Eunicella verrucosa
- base of skeleton / strandline 1

Sea fans are not found on the shore, but away from it in deeper water. Rarely whole ones, and more usually pieces of them can be found on beaches after storms or bad weather, the pieces are usually tangled up with fishing line or clothing.

Lady thorn is a common name given to the Pink sea fan by fishermen, as the species regularly gets tangled up in monofilament nets.

The best place to go to see live sea fans is the National Marine Aquarium at Plymouth.

Scientific and European Names:
Eunicella verrucosa, Pink sea fan, Lady thorn, Warzige Facherkoralle, Zeewaaier, Gorgone verruqueuse, Gorgonia blanca, Gorgonia verrucosa.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Pink sea fan or Lady thorn Eunicella verrucosa images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.