20+ vintage Sea Anemone illustrations to inspire you!

If you’ve ever peered into a rockpool and been blown away by the fascinating creatures and plants that inhabited it, then this gallery of vintage anemone illustrations is for you! Sea creatures are wonderfully curious and diverse, alien-like, and just so totally different from us that it’s hard to comprehend.

Many of these sea anemone images are from Ernst Haeckel, the German naturalist and zoologist who hung out with Charles Darwin, among others. Pre photography in the 1800s, being an innovative scientist also required you to be a skilled artist, and it’s thanks to this that we have a huge archive of weird and wonderful marine biology illustrations from Haeckel to inspire us.

All the images you see below are from the public domain so you’re free to download and use them however you like!