Earlier this week we marveled at a deep-sea jellyfish shaped like a UFO. Here’s another awesome underwater creature that was also spotted by the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer during its recent research dive at the Utu Seamount in the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa in the South Pacific. We’re all familiar with venus flytraps, but to we learned that the oceans have an aquatic version in the form of this incredibly beautiful sea anemone.
“Like its terrestrial counterpart, this large sea anemone closes its tentacles to capture prey, or to assume a defensive posture. According to Herrera, its tentacles have stinging cells equipped with microscopic harpoons that inject venom. They’re typically found in deep water canyons in the Gulf of Mexico, but as this remarkable NOAA video shows, they can also be found in the American Samoa”: