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Green Surf Anemone


Photo 1: The cluster of Green Surf Anemones wedged between rocks.



Green Surf Anemone: Anthopleura xanthogrammica

Common Names: Giant Green Anemone, Green Sea Anemone


This anemone is common on the outer coast where it attaches itself to rocks in tide pools and surge channels. The bright green colour is attributed to an algae that lives symbiotically in its tissues. Their primary diet is mussels and are often found in areas with dense pockets of California Mussels, which become detached in the heavy surf. They'll also eat crabs, sea urchins, and small fish. Here is a close up view of another Green Surf Anemone.












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