Zoanthids are not actually ‘woody’, but we found some of these soft, squishy animals at Woody Head a couple of weekends ago. These are possibly Palythoa caesa.
Zoanthids look like small anemones but they are a different sort of animal. They form colonies and survive by a combination of photosynthesis (they carry in their tissues algae that do this and provide them with nutrition) and catching small creatures and plankton with their tentacles, like anemones do.
I’m not sure whether this is the same or a different kind, again at Woody Head. It’s glowy green in the centre.
We had a bit of a poke around, looking for other things. If you raise a rock, do so carefully as you don’t know what may be hiding underneath. Place it back gently and in exactly the same position you found it.
You may find brittle stars …
or dead cowries …
and other fun things. Be respectful of the creatures, and happy hunting!