Wild Shellfish Alert - Do not eat wild shellfish from areas in and around Spring Bay and the Mercury Passage in South East Tasmania.
Most scalefish are measured from the nose to the end of the tail. Get your scalefish measuring ruler or sticker at any Service Tasmania outlet.
anemone, sea anemone, bloodsucker
This anemone gets its name from the dark red body and red flower-like tentacles that unfurl to catch small prey items during tidal movements. The tentacles can retract, taking any food items into the central mouth. If exposed at low tide the tentacles retract, leaving the anemone to have a red blob-like appearance. Fully formed young are expelled from the mouth and settle in areas close to the adults.
Found in crevices on rocky shores and tidal pools in the intertidal zone down to 5 metres.
These anemones are not any use for bait or fishing. The stinging cells at the tip of the tentacles are avoided by fish and shellfish. They are known to generations of Tasmanian children as bloodsuckers due to their blood red colour. It’s a myth that the anemones can suck blood, not even the stinging tentacles are likely to break your skin.
Leave them alone and admire their form when their tentacles are exposed.
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