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Anemones (pronounced: uh-NEM-uh-nee) often mistaken for plants are actually predatory animals closely related to Coral and jellyfish. Anemones are polyps that attach themselves to rocks on the sea bottom or on coral reefs. The pretty tube like petals often seen swaying about with anemone fish (like the clown fish) darting through them, are venom-filled tentacles targeted at paralyzing passing fish. With nearly 1000 species of sea anemones and spread throughout the World's oceans.

The Emperor’s New Feather’s? by AnimalExplorer on Flickr. :) Whoever came up with this bird should get extra credit!

A small crab hovers unharmed among the venomous tentacles of a colorful sea anemone.

Underwater closeup shot of a fish-eating anemone by R. Aaron Raymond

Pink anemonefish, Indonesia • IUNC's Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest for 2011 awards the most inspiring underwater photos.

Sea Anemone IShot this at low tide on 'Hidden Beach' in Monterey California.) By M.Shaw

At the Sydney Aquarium - Jessica Rosenkrantz

sea anemones ~ by Pietro.Cremone, via Flickr

Sea anemone in Alaska Sealife Center. Seward, Alaska