Pink sea fans, Eunicella verrucosa
Description: The Pink sea fan is a type of soft coral which is actually a colony of many animals joined together. This allows better access to food particles passing by in the water. This species is extremely slow growing, increasing only 10mm a year.
Location: Their preferred substrate is a stable structure such as rocks or a wreck and in an area of gentle current to allow them to obtain nutrients. Pink sea fans are very rare and only occasionally seen on the wreck. Pink fans have suffered from being seaside souvenirs in the mid-20th century and those around Lundy have also been affected by a bacteriological disease in the 2000s. It is now an offence, under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, to harm these organisms.