Project Description

It was interesting finding this stubby rose anemone (Urticina clandestina) with part of its colourful column exposed.  A speckled sanddab decided to photobomb the shot and peered up at me with an inquisitive eye.  The stubby rose anemone has its tentacles resting flat on the ocean floor so its column, which can be pink or red, is usually hidden from view.  The banded tentacles are short and the colour of the oral disc and tentacles can vary greatly between individuals.  The stubby rose anemone can reach 5.9 inches (15 cm) in diameter across its tentacles, and has a range from Alaska to southern California.