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These colorful anemones are reminiscent of clumps of underwater sunflowers. One individual may clone itself to form colonies like the one shown. Photosynthetic algae and dinoflagellates live symbiotically in the clonal anemone’s pink-tinged tentacles.
Seen in the shallows of the Pacific intertidal zone at Tongue Point Marine Sanctuary at around dusk.
The anemones are surrounded by several other invertebrates and aquatic plants (can't keep track of the species!). Anemones and the algae that live in them will each release distinct compounds for mutual protection from ultraviolet and oxidative stress; this is a useful adaption in such harsh conditions.
Spotted on Jun 16, 2019
Submitted on Jun 8, 2020
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