This small painting shows a sea anemone that looks a lot like the pom-poms cheer leaders have! Sea Anemones can clone themselves and could live indefinitely if not eaten by predators. One sea anemone in the Bahamas was tested in 1996 and determined to be 2,000 years old! For more information about the painting, click here.
This painting of sea anemones shows their adhesive feet located at the end of their pedestal like base. They can unglue their feet and glide away at a speed of three to four inches an hour. Sometimes a hermit crab will massage a sea anemone until it releases its hold on a rock. The crab then holds the anemone on top of its shell until it attaches. This arrangement gives the crab a perfect camouflage!
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This painting of a sea anemone is only 5 x 7 inches! Sea anemones, eat fish, shrimp, crabs and microorganisms. They can eat a small fish in just a few minutes. They are also cannibals and eat each other. In turn, sea slugs, starfish, eels, flounders and codfish eat anemones.
I have not heard of humans in the U.S. eating anemones, but in Spain and Italy the snakelocks anemone is deep fried after being coated in batter, and eaten. I have shown a painting of a snakelocks anemone in my January 3 post. If you would like further information about the painting pictured in today’s post, click here.
This small painting on canvas panel shows a blue-green sea anemone, an animal which looks like a flower. A few species of anemone are lethal to humans but as a rule sea anemones do not attack humans. Their venom is, however, highly toxic to most fish and crustaceans.
This type of sealife is a close relative to jellyfish, corals and hydra and ranges in size from less than an inch to ten or more inches. In some areas they can grow to more than three feet! These animals do not have a brain but a diverse network of nerves throughout their bodies. To see more about this painting, click here.
For the next few weeks I am going to show my paintings of Sea Anemones that were prepared for a magazine article I wrote for a South Carolina magazine called The Breeze. It has been suspended due to the Covid pandemic. I will tell you about these interesting animals under each painting. Perhaps one day if the magazine resumes, you can read the entire article.
Sea Anemones look like lovely flowers but are actually voracious, carnivorous animals that are found in oceans at different depths. They wave rubbery tentacles to attract prey. Some species have only 6 tentacles and some have more than 1,000. Each tentacle has a stinging cell that injects a poison into the prey which paralyzes it. The anemone then moves the prey into its mouth which is at the center of the beautiful flower-like structure.
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