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And the 2nd place winner in the “Sanctuary Life” category of our 2016 Get Into Your Sanctuary photo contest is Evan Barba! 

Evan, visitor to Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, photographed this sunburst anemone (Anthopleura sola) on a dive near Santa Cruz Island when he made a safety stop. Though anemones like this individual tend to collect sediment and debris over time, this one was found on a near-vertical rock face, leaving its beautiful coloration and patterning within easy view! 

(Photo: Evan Barba)

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