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    Pictures of a Lethal, Gelatinous Beauty

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    It's reef madness in this colorful gallery of coral formations.

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    Photo Gallery: Coral Reefs

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    Learn more about these popular crustaceans that some think of only as a meal. Find out the sizes that these sea creatures are capable of attaining.

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    Sea Cucumber

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