Sea anemones

Sea anemones

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Credit: JOHN BEATTY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sea anemones. Unidentified sea anemones (order Actinaria) on a rock at low tide. These polyps grow attached to a substrate as adults. The mouth is surrounded by rings of tentacles, which are used to catch small invertebrates or fish. Stinging cells (nematocysts) on the ends of the tentacles paralyse the prey, which is then pushed into the digestive cavity inside the body. Anemones that inhabit inter-tidal zones often have to endure long periods of exposure and a wide range of salinities. Photographed on Admiralty Island, Alaska, USA.

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Keywords: actinaria, admiralty island, alaska, alaskan, america, american, anemone, animal, animals, aquatic, coelenterate, colenterates, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, nature, polyp, polyps, rock, sea anemones, tentacle, tentacled, tentacles, united states, us, usa, wildlife, zoology

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