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Sea Anemones . The Predator disguised as a Flower
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.
Pink Sea Anemones - Sea anemones are, for the most part, sessile creatures which means they remain attached to one spot. But if conditions grow inhospitable, sea anemones can detach from their home and swim off in search of a more suitable location. They can also slowly glide on their pedal disc and can even crawl on their side or by using their tentacles.
Red Rose Anemones, Carmel, California These are sea anenomies in Carmel Bay, California. Photograph by: Vance Taitano
En el fondo del mar se alojan diversas criaturas marinas que parecen alienígenas, pero se trata de babosas con armaduras brillantes y coloridas, con las que logran defenderse de los depredadores.Su nombre científico es nudibranquios y animales de cuerpo blando que pierden sus cáscaras después de su etapa larval, dejando a la vista sus brillantes y hermosos colores exteriores.