DetailsA video of this coral can be found here:
Heliopora coerulea commonly known as Blue Ridge coral is a great aquarium animal for anyone with a healthy reef tank. While it appears more like a branching coral and does have a very hard skeleton it is actually an octocoral. Most animals which are considered octocorals are considered "soft" corals. All other corals in this order are extinct.
This species is also unique because of its blue colored skeleton and its ability to "shed" similar to Toadstool leather corals (Sarcophyton sp.). The unique colony shape, ever changing texture (when polyps are extended or retracted or if the animal is shedding), and its unique story make this an odd ball aquarium animal.