A Snakelocks Anemone wafting in the waves

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Snakelocks Anemone underwater: A Snakelocks Anemone in the sun dappled seawater of a rock pool at Ringstead Bay, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (1)

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.

Anemonia viridis (Forskal): A Snakelocks Anemone in the sun-dappled sea water of a rock pool with free-floating green seaweed at Ringstead Bay, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (2)

Tidepool sea anemone: A Snakelocks Anemone with reflections of rippling sun-lit water in a rock pool with free-floating green seaweed at Ringstead Bay, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (3)

Anemone tentacles: A Snakelocks Anemone with tousled tentacles as sun-lit water ebbs and flows in a rock pool at Ringstead Bay, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (4)

Snakelocks Anemone with tangled tentacles as the sun-lit sea water ripples to and fro with the waves in a rock pool at Ringstead Bay, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (5)

Sea anemone in sunlit water: A Snakelocks Anemone with tentacles wafting to and fro with the rhythmn of the waves in a sun-lit rock pool at Ringstead Bay, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (6)

Green sea anemone on rock pool: Snakelocks Anemone with tentacles neatly aligned by the flow of the retreating wave in a sun-lit rock pool with green seaweed at Ringstead Bay, Dorset, UK - part of the Jurassic Coast (7)

Revision of a post first published 4 December 2009

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3 Replies to “A Snakelocks Anemone wafting in the waves”

  1. 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!

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  2. 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.

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