Sea Anemones and Corals

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Sea Anemones are flower like animals and are usually found attached to a hard surface. All anemones have stinging cells used to capture pray and for protection. They reproduce by producing eggs which normally develop into new adults via a planktonic (floating) lava stage. Asexual reproduction may also occur where an adult anemone splits or buds to form a new individual, and dense colonies can result. There are many different types of anemone in the seas around Ireland.

Elegant Anemone

Elegant Anemone

The Elegant Anemone is a common anemone and are found all around the coast of Ireland. They are can be found on open rock surfaces often in very large numbers packed tightly together. They reproduce primarily by basal laceration and as a result of...

Snakelocks Anemone

The snakelocks anemone prefers a brightly lit seaweed rich area of rocky reef in shallow water. It has approximately 200 very sticky tentacles, usually a rich green in colour with purple tips. They are unusual because they cannot retract their tentacles....
The Dahlia Anemone

The Dahlia Anemone

The Dahlia anemone is a beautiful animal with a short column and short tentacles. It is a powerful predator, it can catch and devour active pray such as prawns. It comes in a variety of different colours and usually has attractive banding on its tentacles....
Plumose Anemone

Plumose Anemone

The Plumose anemone is a conspicuous anemone which is unlikely to be mistaken for anything else. They are a prominent animal and occurs in large numbers covering big areas of sea bed and wreckage in many of the best dive sites on the south coast. The...
Jewel Anemone

Jewel Anemone

The Jewel anemone usually appears in large numbers covering vast areas of rock producing some of the most beautiful underwater scenery around Ireland. These anemones come in a wide variety of colours: pink, yellow, orange, green, purple, brown, red, and...
Devonshire Cup Coral

Devonshire Cup Coral

Devonshire Cup Coral is not only found off the Devon coast of England, but is common all along the South and South West coast of Ireland. Devonshire Cup Coral is similar to anemones but produce hard chalky skeletons to support and protect their bodies....