A beautiful ‘Seapen’ sits in a sandy area of the Brunei Bay North Borneo ~ where some would think very little exists ~ but on the sandy seabed ‘life is amass in all varieties’ and ‘abundance’ ~ there seems nothing there till you ~ ‘really’ look!

These colonial marine ‘cnidarians’ belong to the order Pennatulacea.

Sea pens are “soft corals” together with sea whips and gorgonians (octocorals).

Named after their feather-like appearance reminiscent of ‘antique quill pens’ they stick out of the sand ~ almost as if Shakespeare himself dotted them in ~ like darts!


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As a Marine Scientist, Underwater Photographer, Wildlife Conservation FilmMaker & emerging Explorer ~ Nicks’ recent film “Colours of the Gulf” documented the plight of whale sharks and other marine life in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.


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  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsover 2 years ago

    Lovely capture!

  • Rebecca Eldridge
    Rebecca Eldridgeover 2 years ago

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...almost 2 years ago


    NICK COBURN PH...almost 2 years ago

    Oh MAN!!! Didn’t realize that I GOT FEATURED in the WELSH ARTISTS GROUP for ‘The Writings of the Sea’!!! My friends in WALES will be so PROUD of ME..! Thanks Rebecca! Glad you like it @mom23girls and find it fascinating Tereza! VBR Marine Scientist Nick :-)

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