Sea Anemone Eats Bird, Inspires A Paper On Marine Ornithology

What you see in this photo isn't some freaky Pop Art sculpture depicting a Thanksgiving meal after a nuclear war, it's a photo of a sea anemone chowing down ever so slowly on a Cormorant chick.

This gruesome and unlikely anemone mealtime incident was discovered by oceanographer Kim Martini and her co-worker Lisa Guy while looking through a photo archive, and Guy was so in awe of what she saw here, an "apex predator being consumed by an animal that doesn't seem to really do anything", that she wrote a paper about the incident for the journal Marine Ornithology.

I’ve always pictured anemones chomping down on unwitting sea monkeys, but apparently they’ll eat anything they can wrap their spiky little tube around-including an unsuspecting bird.

-Via io9

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