Sand Rose Anemone
Scientific NameUrticina columbiana
Native To Pacific coast (from Vancouver Island to California)
Habitat Tidal pools and offshore
Diet Sea urchins, small fish, clams, mussels and detritus (dead particulate organic matter)
Size and Age Up to 1 m (39 in) in diameter; lifespan estimated to be several decades long
These anemones are typically not found attached to rocks like other anemones. They live on the sandy ocean floor amongst sand, mud and shells. Normally, they are partially buried with just their tentacles exposed. They got the name ‘rose’ because they are coloured in shades of pink and deep red.