Wednesday 25 February 2015

New species found?!

A forage for marine wildlife specimens during last week's spring tides on the foreshore at St Brides Haven, Pembrokeshire, led my companion, Mike Crutchley, to collect a sample of an encrusting algae from a rockpool. Back in his lab, he noticed a minute creature living in a crack in the red algae. We imaged this using a Zeiss Tessovar and found an interesting creature that the experts are still trying to identify. Each "head" is about 1-2mm across and the best bet is that it is an anemone but which species is not known at the moment.

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