Friday, January 08, 2016

A mouthful of tentacles

My big plumose anemone, "Metty" (Metridium senile), is a creature of many moods. Sometimes she's standing proud and tall, waving a dense froth of grasping tentacles. A bit later, she's hunched down, pinched in around a new waist. Or she may frown over some imagined outrage, with censorious, pursed-up lips; "Hermits these days: no manners at all!" Or she'll just opt out, and lie flat; "I'm not coming out. It stinks around here!"

Yesterday, she was happy, and hungry, and opened her tentacles and mouth wide, begging for tidbits.

" A bit of shrimp would be lovely about now."

I just checked. Right now, she's hunkered down into a cone about an inch high, with a small, frizzy topknot of tentacle tips. She's probably complaining about the temperature, so I've given her an extra load of ice.

5 comments:

  1. What we don't do for our critters!!

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  2. Beautiful photo! :)

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  3. You should write a children's book about your tank and it's inhabitants complete with your pictures. I'd buy it just for myself.

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  4. Thanks, Gnome and Linda! Eileen, :D My underwater critters and your Mingus; equally spoiled, I think!

    Susan, I've been thinking along those lines, although not specifically for children. Photo books do turn out to be expensive, so I've been slow to act on the idea.

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