Bubble tip expanse of sea anemone tentacles
The bulbous tips of the sea anemone species Entacmaea quadricolor / Family ACTINIIDAE, in the shallow low tidal waters south of Wasini Island, near Ras Mundini, south Kenya coast, Indian Ocean..Individuals of Entacmaea quadricolor are zooxanthellate, meaning they are symbiotic with zooxanthellae (unicellular and photosynthetic protozoans that live inside some of the cells of the sea anemone). The zooxanthellae continue photosynthesizing (using sunlight to produce sugars) while inside the sea anemone; the sea anemone can then use the sugars as food. It stands to reason then, that the more zooxanthellae the sea anemone houses and can expose to sunlight, the more sugars the sea anemones can obtain..The South Coast from Mombasa to the Tanzanian border is the site (Shimoni-Vanga) of FFI's Darwin-funded project in partnership with EAWS and others for the sustainable management of coastal and marine resources, through the establishment of community-conserved areas (CCAs) and no-take zones managed by local community-based organisations (CBOs), beach management units (BMUs) and community forest associations (CFAs) for mangrove habitats.
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