Venus Fly-Trap Anemone in the Gulf of Mexico

Like its terrestrial namesake, the Venus fly-trap anemone (Actinoscyphia sp.) sits quietly and waits for food to drift into its outstretched tentacles, which are lined with stinging harpoons called nematocysts. Of course, this is how most anemones behave; this one just happens to look a like like the Venus fly-trap plant! They are deep-sea animals; this one was photographed at roughly 4,900 feet (1500 meters) by researchers with the Census of Marine Life. See more photos from the Census of Marine Life.


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Submitted by Sung Yun Um (not verified) on

I wish I could see all these creatures in real someday and I hope we will still have them with us in future generations..! We need to work hard to conserve the ocean everyone! :)

Submitted by shanon (not verified) on

woooowww that creature is dead dangouros for its pray its just like the venus fly trap itself.☻☺

Submitted by Sharon (not verified) on

Not only is that creature physically gorgeous, but colorful, too. Just marvelous.

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