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Giant Sea Anenome

anemone

The giant Caribbean sea anemone, Condylactis gigantean, is usually found attached to a hard substance like a rock or shell in shallow water. They can move, however, slowly crawling from one location to another.

The giant sea anemone, giant because they can range from six to twelve inches across, feeds on small fish, crustaceans and mollusks. The anemone captures its prey and defends itself by utilizing their nematocysts, or stinging cells that are located on the tips of the anemone’s tentacles. The toxins released can immobilize prey and discourage predators. The proximity of these nematocysts also serves to provide protection for cleaner fish and shrimp and act as a sort of base station for fish cleaning. The toxins released by the anemone are only mildly irritation to humans.

The giant anemone reproduces sexually with males releasing sperm and females releasing eggs into the water. If they are in close enough proximity to one another then fertilization will take place.

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