Before a clownfish can call an anemone home, it has to get comfortable. By gently touching the anemone’s tentacles over a period of several hours or days, the fish forms a layer of mucus that’s resistant to stings. Then it’s time to start decorating!
Summer is a great time to enjoy all things strawberry — including strawberry anemones!
At Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, these inch-wide anemones carpet the sea floor. They use their tentacles to capture food and to defend themselves. As plentiful as they are, we doubt they’d taste great in a strawberry shortcake.