Swimming Anemone
(Stomphia coccinea)

image of a Swimming Anemone

Image ID: 30-00

Other shots:  image of a Swimming Anemone
Comments : This is a fairly common anemone that may be spotted in most popular Puget Sound dive sites. This anemone's claim to fame is that it can actually kind of swim by unanchoring itself from the substrate and twisting back and forth. This allows it to escape predators (like certain starfish) and find better feeding grounds when needed. I usually find them in isolation of one another.
Common name : Swimming Anemone
Scientific Name : Stomphia coccinea
Location Found : Three Tree Point, Central Puget Sound
Actual Size : 4 inches
Camera Used : Canon EOS D30 in Ikelite housing
Natural History :