Sea Anemones
Sea Anemones

7th August 2011. Check out all those tentacles!

Sea Anemones
Sea Anemones

7th August 2011. A close-up picture of one of the sea anemones. Can you see the mouth in the middle?

Sea Anemones
Sea Anemones

7th August 2011. 

Sea anemones

 

This picture was taken on 7th August 2011. On that morning a few chunks of driftwood, with sea anemones attached, were found washed ashore. Sea anemones are predatory animals that look like flowers. They eat fish, mussels, zooplankton, and worms. They have a columnar body, with a mouth surrounded by tentacles. They catch food with their tentacles, which have poisonous stingers (called nematocysts). Sea anemones are usually about 2.5-10 cm across, but some can grow to be 1.8 m across! They have no skeleton at all and live attached to firm objects in the seas, usually the sea floor, rock, or coral, or in our case: driftwood. They are not immobile; they can slide around very slowly. There are over 1000 species of anemones worldwide living in coastal waters and in the deep of the ocean. (EnchantedLearning.com, 2014).

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