Flower of the Sea
This close-up view of an aggregating anemone looks like something grown in a garden! Found in tide pools, these elegant flowerlike animals have tube-shaped bodies crowned with tentacles. When it comes to feeding, don't be fooled by their beauty—anemones are voracious feeders that eat almost anything. The stinging cells (nematocysts) on their tentacles paralyze small prey animals, and they can even ingest small crabs and then spew out the shells.
Aggregating anemones are abundant on the rocky shore because they can rapidly clone themselves. However, oil spills or oil from storm drains can destroy anemone habitats—and it can take two years or more for habitats to recover.