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Sea Anemone Dissection || Finding Nemo

Did you know that sea anemones are animals, not plants? Learn how to dissect a sea anemone in this video, which also covers its external and internal anatomy and physiology. In this simple dissection of a sea anemone, you’ll learn various parts of its anatomy, how sea anemones eat, and why it looks so short.

Sea anemones are a very interesting animal to dissect because they’re a very primitive animal, and don’t even have organs! Their anatomy differs greatly from our anatomy in many ways. Also, did you know that sea anemones have really strong digestive enzymes? In this video, you’ll learn general information about sea anemones, which will be tied into its anatomical structures.

This dissection lab is for anyone who is curious about sea anemone anatomy, wants to cover sea anemone anatomy for a zoology course, missed the sea anemone dissection during biology class, or just wondered, “How do those things work?”. The video will teach you how to dissect a sea anemone step by step, and review the external and internal anatomy of the sea anemone.

In this video, we’ll cover the following structures:

Oral disc Nematocyst

Column Gastrovascular cavity

Basal disc Septa

Mouth/anus Gonads


If you want to learn more about sea anemone anatomy, here’s a link to a website with more detailed information, as well as diagrams:

If you have any questions regarding sea anemone anatomy, dissection methodology, or general biology, feel free to leave a comment. We'll try our best to reply.


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