Fishy February; A-Z of a Mermaid's Friends (A)
A - Anemone
- These Snakelocks Anemones are pretty, but don't touch! They give a nasty sting to humans!
- Snakelocks Anemones are common around the UK, and live attached to rocks in shallower seas, down to about 12m. They have bright green tentacles, tipped with purple - and contain a special protein that makes them glow fluorescent under ultraviolet light!
- Despite anemones being called the 'flowers of the sea', they are actually animals
- They're closely related to jellyfish and corals, and they use stinging cells to capture prey and protect themselves against predators
- It's estimated there are over 1,000 species of sea anemones across the world
- They eat small animals such as plankton, crabs and fish