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Munseom Islet, Beomseom Islet, Seopseom Islet

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Munseom Islet, Beomseom Islet, Seopseom Islet

Situated in the Seogwipo coast, Munseom, Beomseom, and Seopseom Islets are uninhabited and designated as National Nature Reserves. Rare species including the Silver Mangolia and Japanese Black Wood Pigeons are found especially on Munseom and Beomeom. Asplenium antiquum grows only on Seopseom. Not only diverse flora, but soft coral communities are also well-known around there. Warm currents support subtropical fish in these waters all year round, and sometimes newly and non-registered marine species come in, as well.

 

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Soft Coral communities at Jeju sea [Natural Monument No.442]

Soft Coral communities at Jeju sea [Natural Monument No.442]

Soft corals, also known as 'Flowers of the Sea' because of their resemblance to a cockscomb,are classified as anthozoans, or invertebrate animals, and differ from stony corals which form hard skeletons composed of calcium carbonate. Soft corals have soft surfaces and flexible skeletons.

The shoreline of Jeju provides habitat for 92 species among 132 species of Korean anthozoa. Among them, 66 species are endemic species that only inhabit waters off Jeju, forming colonies on bedrocks located at a depth of about 10 to 30 meters. The soft coral communities inhabiting the seas off Seogwipo-si (city) are designated as a natural monument. The natural state of the marine vicinity is very well preserved and comprises one of the world's rare soft coral communities.