Long fascinated by anemones, I take photos of them on almost every dive. Other photographers look at me like I’m crazy (probably am, I admit), but I think they are incredibly beautiful. Anemones are close relatives to corals and jellies. They have stinging polyps and spend most of their time hanging out on coral reefs waiting to take in the next prey. “Their bodies are composed of an adhesive pedal disc, or foot, a cylindrical body, and an array of tentacles surrounding a central mouth. The tentacles are triggered by the slightest touch, firing a harpoon-like filament into their victim and injecting a paralyzing neurotoxin. The helpless prey is then guided into the mouth by the tentacles.” (http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/invertebrates/sea-anemone/).  I have seen them hitch rides on other creatures, and close up their body. You’ll often find crabs nearby, and anemone fish. There are over 1000 types of sea anemone, and obviously I have only seen a few, but take a look and see how lovely they are, and how deadly (but not to humans).

Beautiful Giant Anemone with mouth showing.
I LOVE Corkscrew Anemone. Cozumel.

See the tiny blue Pederson shrimp lower right on this Sun Anemone?
Anemone mouth and tiny cleaner who is immune to the sting…or is he a goner?
This is Branching Anemone.
Soft white anemone in Isla Mujeres, MX
You can really see the texture on this Giant Anemone.
Knobby Anemone. Cozumel.
Branching anemone in Cozumel

See the tentacles folding within the body? Also look to the left….and at the next photo…
There’s usually a crab or a shrimp near an anemone! This is a Hairy Clinging Crab. Cozumel.

Magnificent Anemone in Thailand, Andaman Sea.

Skunk Anemone Fish in Anemone, Thailand
Humbug Damsels in Anemone
Clownfish in anemone, Mozambique.
Huge anemone! In Mozambique
Gorgeous anemone in Thailand.
FOUR anemones are hitch hiking on a Starry Eyed Hermit Crab! Not sure the anemones do anything to help the crab, though!

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