Photo: Anemone family adorns the rocky shore

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You might think I'm just being cute in calling this grouping of waratah anemones (Actinia tenebrosa) a family. And trust me, it wouldn't be the first time that I've anthropomorphised some poor creature! But as it so happens, these cool cnidarians have a certain type of family bond. The species broods its young inside the parent's body; when the babe is developed enough, it is spit out of the mouth and attaches itself nearby, creating a clonal cluster of relatives. Family values, anemone-style!

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