Cnidarians: Anemone Catches Goby

Anemones contain harpoon-like structures in their tentacles to attack prey. A video shares an up-close look at an anemone eating a goby. It highlights the attack, capture, and demise of the prey through a system evolved over the course of millions of years.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss in more detail how an anemone attracts prey
  • Debate why the anemone eats fish alive rather than killing them first
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of anemones and tentacles
  • Works well in a traditional or flipped classroom
  • Designed to meet national science standards for both middle and high school students
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