Deep-Sea Anemone

Deep Sea Anemone (Unknown sp.)

Deep-sea anemone seen at Slope Base

Anemones are sessile polyps; they spend most of their lifetime attached to rocks or coral reefs via an adhesive foot. Their mouth is in the middle of an oral disc surrounded by tentacles armed with cnidocytes that contain stinging nematocysts. Due to the fact that they are sessile they have to wait for their prey to come to them. Once their prey is close enough they stretch out their tentacles and grab their prey pulling it into their mouth. Anemones can reproduce sexually or asexually by budding, binary fission, and pedal laceration. The anemone we found was purple in color and only had tentacles on the top around its oral disc.

Marine Life Field Guide (Neptune Canada)