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Appearances can be deceiving, and Sea Anemones are proof:

The sea anemone is named after the equally flashy terrestrial anemone flower.

A close relative of coral and jellyfish, anemones are stinging polyps that spend most of their time attached to rocks on the sea bottom or on coral reefs waiting for fish to pass close enough to get ensnared in their venom-filled tentacles.
Their bodies are composed of an adhesive pedal disc, or foot, a cylindrical body, and an array of tentacles surrounding a central mouth. The tentacles are triggered by the slightest touch, firing a harpoon-like filament into their victim and injecting a paralysing neurotoxin. The helpless prey is then guided into the mouth by the tentacles... and eaten up slowly!

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