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Sea Anemone by Artisan Sandi Cirillo

Sea Anemone by Artisan Sandi Cirillo

The sea anemone is considered to be the flower of the sea.  They look like plants but are actually meat eating animals.  They come in all different sizes and colors.  They are invertebrates and have no skeleton and are long lived in the water.  They have a single body opening, the mouth, which is surrounded by tentacles.  The tentacles protect the anemone and catch its food.  They eat fish, mussels, zooplankton, tiny marine larvae.  They can attach themselves to rocks or bury themselves in the mud.  Their predators are the grey sea slug and the tompot blenny.  There are sea anemones all over the world and in our own Gulf of Maine.  But they are being affected by ocean and climate change.  
After extensive research, the sea anemone you see is my artistic interpretation of their forms and textures using a variety of fibrous materials that I work with.
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