An new type of sea anemone have been discovered off the coast of north Devon.
Retired teacher Robert Durrant had no idea the tiny, 6mm creature was unknown to science when he spotted it in Hele Bay near Ilfracombe.
He posted a photograph to Facebook and asked experts, but nobody could identify it - so he took it home to his aquarium to feed it.
The breakthrough came when he took a backlit photo, which showed the anemone was transparent and covered in tiny tubercules. This helped French expert Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat to identify it as a different variety of Aiptasiogeton pellucidus, an anemone found in Dorset in the 70s before disappearing off the radar.
As the scientific name for the new discovery, Aiptasiogeton pellucidus var comatus, is a bit of a mouthful, Devon Wildlife Trust have asked Robert to name it.
Since the discovery, further anemones of this variety have been found at Newlyn in Cornwall