Brooding Anemone

This anemone is actually carrying its young around with it. They will remain on the parent until they are big enough to be on their own. This parent and its young floated into the harbor on a piece of giant kelp. Like other anemones, the long furry tentacles sting little animals that happen to drift into it. This catches the food so it can eat it. Humans are much bigger than the small pieces of food that the anemone eats, so for us it does not feel like a sting, it feels sticky.