Ghost anemones have transparent, jelly-like bodies with a whitish or pinkish tint. A circle of 40-60 petal-like tentacles grows from the top of an elongated stalk. (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
The ghost anemone is a jelly-like invertebrate with a flat, rounded base and stinging tentacles at the top of an elongated stalk. It lives on rocks, reefs, pilings and other hard surfaces throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
Jelly-like, transparent body with a whitish or pinkish tint
Flat, rounded base
Elongated stalk with a circle of 40-60 petal-like tentacles growing from the top
Tiny mouth in the center of the circle of tentacles
Grows to 1.5 inches tall and one-half an inch wide
Lives on rocks, reefs, pilings and other hard surfaces in shallow waters
Moves by manipulating the base of its body, similar to an inchworm
Found throughout the Chesapeake Bay
Eats plankton and tiny fish
Uses its stinging tentacles to stun and capture its prey, then push the prey into its mouth
Reproduction and Life Cycle:
Reproduces both sexually and asexually
Asexual reproduction takes place when a new, identical anemone sprouts from the base of the body
To reproduce sexually, anemones release eggs and sperm into the water. Eggs produce free-swimming larvae that eventually settle onto a hard surface.
Related to sea nettles. Just like the notorious jellyfish, anemones have stinging tentacles.
Even though they are always attached to a hard surface, anemones can move relatively fast – several inches in just a few hours