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Archive for March 18, 2015

Nemo and other anemone fish….


I always enjoy taking photos of the little fish that inhabit the various types of anemone underwater.  The most popular, of course, is the clown fish made famous by the movie “Finding Nemo”.  They are incredibly colorful and lots of fun to “shoot” as they dart in and out of the waving anemone tendrils.

Nemo and friend

Nemo and friend

The anemone provides cover and protection for the clownfish while the fish also provide protection for the anenome from its predators and parasites.  The clownfish are normally found in threes among the venomous tentacles of the anenome.  The largest is the female, the next largest is the male and there are usually one (or sometimes more) juveniles in the group.  If the female dies or is removed from the group, the male will change sex and become female and the dominant juvenile will become the male.

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

There are numerous types of anenomefish which can be found on the reefs.  The one pictured above is is a pink anenomefish living in an anemone with a bright red underside.  These little creatures are always one of the highlights of our dives as they were in our recent trip to the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea on the wonderful dive boat Spirit of Freedom.