Name: Snake-locks Anemone
Scientific name: Anemonia sulcata
Nature Stars: 50
About: Sea anemones live attached to the rocks, catching plankton and tiny animals from the water with their stinging tentacles. Grows in rock pools and on rocks below the low tide mark. A squat jelly-like 'body' with long, wavy, snake-like tentacles which can not be retracted. Up to 10cm across, with tentacles up to 15cm long. 'Body' pale greyish brown, or olivey-green with slightly paler tentacles tipped with purple.
Other species of anemone you can see include: beadlet anemone and dahlia anemone.
How to identify: A large sea anemone, with long wavy tentacles that are never retracted.
Where: Found around the west coast and in the English Channel
Fantastic fact: Be careful: Snake-locks Anemones can sting!
Photograph credit: Paul Naylor