When walking around the Haystack Rock tidepools you might notice a cluster of bright pink anemones. These are strawberry anemones, which are found abundantly on rocky reefs along the Oregon coast, most easily spotted during low tides. As an anemone cannot move quickly to forage, they wait for unsuspecting fish to swim past so that they may catch them with their tentacles. This species reproduces using a method called longitudinal division. This means they create clones of themselves, which is why they are usually found in clusters.
Although we typically see pink strawberry anemones, you might also see them in shades of red, purple, brown, yellow, or white!