The Snakelocks Anemone, Anemonia viridis (Forskal), has long. velvety grey-green tentacles with purple tips. This series of photographs shows one of these delightful seashore creatures in a rock pool at Ringstead Bay in Dorset. It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day and the sea water was softly lapping at the rocky platforms and shingle-covered shore.
The water in the pool was clear. The colours of the anemone and the free-floating green seaweeds were vivid. The ripples on the surface of the water caught the bright sunlight which was reflected onto the rock beneath. As each gentle wave moved to and fro, the tentacles of the anemone followed the flow. The tentacles were neatly aligned as the wave retreated but were thrown into a tangle as the water advanced: ebb and flow, to and fro, neat and tousled, straight and curly. Beautiful. Magical.
Revision of a post first published 4 December 2009
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3 Replies to “A Snakelocks Anemone wafting in the waves”
That bright, diaphanous green seaweed is lovely, too, as are the shadows on the sea floor. I feel as if I’m visiting another planet. (The ocean is so different from freshwater lakes.) Very nice!
I greatly admire those people who are able to swim underwater and see all the fabulous things under the waves. I am, however, content to peer into rock pools and be enchanted by the wonderful creatures and organisms that can be found on the seashore.