Snakelocks anemone

Snakelocks anemone

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Credit: DR KEITH WHEELER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Snakelocks anemone (Anemonia sulcata) tentacles amongst seaweed in a shallow rock pool. This anemone varies greatly in colour from brown to green and violet. It has a symbiotic relationship with algae that live in its tissues. The green colour of this anemone's tentacles is due to chlorophyll produced by these algae. As the algae need light to photosynthesise, the anemone is found in sunny shallow waters. The anemone feeds on small fish and crustaceans, which it catches with its stinging tentacles. Photographed in Lee Bay, Devon, UK.

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