Project Description

When I first saw this twelve-tentacled burrowing anemone (Halcampa crypta) I thought it was a type of worm as it behaves in a very similar manner in that when disturbed it quickly retracts its crown of tentacles.  This anemone’s buried column is 5-6 mm in diameter and can have sand grains attached to it.  The small crown of tentacles is about 0.7 inches (2 cm) across and is spread out on the ocean floor.  The colouration of the tentacles varies and can be solid white, have patterns of white, or missing the bright white all together with a light tan pattern as in this photo.  There seems to be little information available on the twelve-tentacled burrowing anemone at this time but its range is along the Pacific Northwest with this one being found in Victoria, BC.