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Bud Barr

Dominica Critter ID

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At 25 feet, sand, turtle grass.

 

This thing was flat, like a pancake, and attached to a shell that had been taken over by a hermit crab. It seemed to have a center opening or mouth (which I don't have a good picture of but can get one if needed) and some reddish bumps around the outer edge. Upon further "inspection", these pink, thread like, tentacles started extending from the bumps..

 

 

 

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Any ideas?

 

Thanks, Bud

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You're right, it's an anemone. Some species have these string-like defensive organs called acontia. When the anemone is touched the acontia are released through the mouth or through pores on the body wall. They are sticky & adhere to whatever contacts them and they carry nematocysts - stinging cells - to drive off the intruder.

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