The Sea Anemone is a fascinating species in the order known as Actiniaria. Anemones are commonly found in the Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. They inhabit ocean reefs, coral rubble and sandy areas near the reefs. The anemone stretches out its long tentacles from its dwelling to catch any meal that drifts by.
We usually see the Tube-Dwelling Anemone on our night dives as they sprout up from the sandy ocean floor, swaying in the current, grabbing any meal of fish, worms or plankton that drifts by. This particular anemone, however, was actually spotted one afternoon gracing the sandy bottom of Margate Bay, a favorite dive site in Bonaire. This was also one of the larger anemones we have seen and my dive buddy was able to capture this great photograph by hovering close to the critter, not making any sudden movements.