Of course, this is how most anemones behave; this one just happens to look a like like the Venus fly-trap plant! They are deep-sea animals; this one was photographed at roughly 4,900 feet (1500 meters) by researchers with the Census of Marine Life .
Venus Flytrap Anemone – credit: I. MacDonald This beautiful creature is the Venus Flytrap Anemone, Actinoscyphia aurelia. This anemone can grow up to 12 inches (30.5cm) in length and girth, but the size that it grows to depends largely on the amount of food available.
The Venus flytrap sea anemone varies greatly in size, from just a few inches tall to a foot tall and almost a foot in diameter. A. aurelia’s size depends on age and the available food supply. Like other anemones, the Venus flytrap anemone resembles a flower, but is actually an animal.
The Venus Flytrap Anemone occurs mostly in the deep-sea canyons of the Gulf of Mexico, although some smaller populations have been found off the west coast of Africa. They generally occur at depths of 3,300 to 6,600 feet (1,000 to 2,000 m).
This creature, known as a Venus fly-trap, is one of the deep-sea species to feature in the findings. The fly-trap is found in the Gulf of Mexico, at a depth of about metres. BBC News – …
The anemone is endemic to two specific regions of the Atlantic Ocean: the Gulf of Mexico, and the western coast of Africa. They appear to prefer to congregate on or near the continental shelf. The Venus Flytrap Anemone usually lives on rocks, under debris, and even under large sessile invertebrates.
This Venus fly-trap anemone, living 4,920 feet (1500 meters) below the surface waters of the Gulf of Mexico, is only one among thousands of photogenic species cataloged by the decade-long Census