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What could it be? A sea anemone? A jellyfish? Actually it's a polychaete tube worm.

For assistance identifying your beach finds, or any rare or unusual invertebrates, please email

Is your invertebrate in our Specimen Catalog?

Search the Invertebrate collection catalog by genus or species name to see if your invertebrate is already in our specimen catalog. If it isn't in our catalog and you'd like to donate the specimen to our museum, please keep the specimen on ice and contact the Invertebrate Collection Manager:

Collection Manager

FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5095
Phone: 727-896-8626 ext. 4739
Fax: 727-823-0166