WhyReef - Fun Facts
Many people think the magnificent sea anemone is a plant, but it is actually an animal and a predator! When animals it eats brush up against its tentacles, it shoots thousands of stinging cells, or nematocysts, to poison its prey! Then it brings the defenseless animal into its mouth and eats it!
The magnificent sea anemone uses its mouth for eating but also for getting rid of waste! Unlike humans, it doesn’t have a gut that goes all the way through its body.
- Shedd Aquarium. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.sheddaquarium.org, version (08/2009). http://www.sheddaquarium.org/sea/fact_sheets.cfm?id=69
- The University of Kansas. Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Research Center. World Wide Web electronic publication. http://www.nhm.ku.edu/inverts/, version (08/2009). http://www.nhm.ku.edu/inverts/ebooks/ch1.html
- BioWeb. World Wide Web electronic publication. http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/, version (08/2009) http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2007/guck_eliz/
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