Weird Creatures From the Deep

A massive census of the oceans has turned up a trove of strange marine wildlife, from jellyfish to octopuses to anemones

The Australian Dragonfish (Dr. Julian Finn, Museum Victoria)


Venus Flytrap Anemone
(Brian Wolly)
Not only does the Venus flytrap anemone (Actinoscyphia saginata) resemble the well-known carnivorous plant, but it also emulates the plant's behavior. The anemone, an inhabitant of deep-sea reefs, closes its jaws to trap its prey and to protect itself when threatened. Anemones, coral and jellyfish make up approximately 5 percent of all marine life documented in the Census.

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