I AM a tiny baby coral. When I was first hatched from an egg, I was very soft and shaped like a pear. I was covered with a fringe which quivered and kept me in motion.
For some time I swam around in the. water, hunting for a good place to fasten myself.
As I do not like muddy or sandy water, I have come down to the bottom of the sea where the water is quiet and clear. Here I have fastened myself to a rock and begun to grow. Gradually, at the top of my body there comes a hole which is my mouth, and around it, like a fringe, appear my feelers.
A sac, which is my stomach, forms in the center. When I take a drink of sea-water, I draw it into my stomach through my long hollow feelers. The lime from the water gathers at the bottom of the sea, where I am fastened to the rock. The lime in the water hardens the outside of me.