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Beadlet anemone

Beadlet anemone
Photo Information
Copyright: Lorna McDonald (lornamac27) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 12] (67)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-11
Camera: Canon EOS 400 D
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-06-06 11:49
Viewed: 6109
Points: 4
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Sea Anemone - Actinia equina

This image was taken on a recent outing to Oban. Walking along the beach I saw these bright red lumps in the water and decided to investigate. I had to get in really close and had to shade the rock pool with my hands because, as usual,I had left my polarising filter in the camera bag, in the car.

Habitat information

Actinia equina is found attached to hard substrata, both in exposed and sheltered situations, from the upper to lower shore and rarely in subtidal areas to depths of around 20 m. It is highly adapted to the intertidal zone as it tolerates high temperatures and desiccation. Actinia equina is also found in regions of variable salinity such as estuaries.


This anemone has a broad (up to 5 cm in diameter) base, which is moderately or firmly adhesive, with a smooth column. It has up to 192 tentacles arranged into 6 circles. The tentacles readily retract if the animal is disturbed. Actinia equina is uniform in colour, with no pattern on the disk, and can be red, brown, green or orange in colour. Bright blue wart like spots, called acrorhagi, are often found round the inside of the top margin of the column.

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Hi Lorna,

Very nice colors and impressing clarity, considering the water surface between you and anemone.


A beautiful macro shot under diffuse illumination Lorna, it is difficult to photograph an Actinia from this close with its tentacles open. The fine colours of its natural environment compliment the bright colour of the anemone nicely. However, I think the colours of the whole scene are a little shifted towards the warmer part of the spectrum, so reduced them a little in my WS to reach more natural colours. Hope you like it.

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