Cordell Bank

A pink anemone

Photo: Matt Vieta/BAUE

Strawberry Anemone

Cordell Bank shines bright pink thanks to the many strawberry anemones clinging to the rock. Strawberry anemones are not true sea anemones, but rather are more closely related to corals. These small invertebrates sometimes reproduce by cloning themselves, and are often found in genetically-identical clusters that cover a square meter or more.

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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Corynactis californica

DIET: Small invertebrates and fish larvae

SIZE: Average 1 inch tall and in diameter

COLOR: Often pink, but can be purple, brown, or orange

FUN FACT: Though their name sounds delicious, we don’t recommend eating strawberry anemones. They use their tentacles to catch prey, and they pack a punch!