The Pink Sea Fan – Eunicella verrucosa – is a type of horny coral restricted to the south and west of the UK. It prefers areas of moderate water movement and always positions itself at right angles to the prevailing current where its polyps feed on plankton caught as the water flows through the fan. The sea fan is very slow growing and enormous damage has been done to the limited population of these animals by the destructive practice of scallop dredging. May be up to 50cms high but more usually reaches half this. Can also be found in white.