Floating Anemones

Hey everyone, over the past month our iNaturalist contributors have more than tripled! We are all so grateful and excited to see what you find!

This week I wanted to talk about one of the less well-known creatures that live at the ocean’s surface, the floating sea anemones. These anemones are in the genus Actinecta and they don’t have a common name, they are only referred to as their scientific names. These creatures have a float at their base that allows them to live at the surface of the ocean, hanging upside down and catching prey with their tentacles. They are a pretty rare find but sometimes they can be found in the open ocean or washed ashore.

Happy Halloween weekend!
-Ari Puentes

Publicado por goseascience goseascience, 29 de octubre de 2021


Never heard of these. Are they confined to the North Atlantic?
We have not seen them on our projects: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/blue-community-s-afr
From what I can see they are quite localized; https://inaturalist.org/taxa/1210955-Actinecta

Publicado por tonyrebelo hace alrededor de 1 año (Marca)

Hi Tony! They are not commonly found, therefore their exact distribution is unknown but they are more commonly seen in the Southern Hemisphere.

Publicado por goseascience hace alrededor de 1 año (Marca)

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