Clown fish (aka NEMO)
- Clownfish are native to warmer waters of the Indian and Pacific oceans, and that includes our Great Barrier Reef.
- There are 30 recognized species.
- Are born male, but when a female dies, the most dominant clownfish changes itself into a female! (smart choice)
- Clownfish live in small groups among sea anemones. Anemones are flesh-eating animals that look like plants.
- They can lie around a thousand eggs at one time and unlike other fish, out of the thousand eggs, ALL can survive!
- The relationship between the clownfish and sea anemone is a symbiotic relationship. Clownfish benfit the anemones by eating the leftovers and dead tentacles of the anemones.
- Clown fish help the sea anemones by circulation the water around them. In return the anemones protect the Clownfish from the attach of other fish by their venomous tentacles.
- Most clownfish are quite aggressive (not like NEMO)
- In the wild a clownfish will live for 6-8 years and only grow up to only three to five inches!
- Clownfish protect themselves from the poisonous tentacles of the anemones by a layer of mucus which is present on their bodies.
- They lay only during the full moon and they hatch only after dusk! The male Clownfish guards the eggs (good boys!)
- Out of more than 1000 different types of anemones, only 10 can host clownfish.
- In a group of clownfish, there is a strict dominance hierachy. The largest and most aggressive is the female.
Getaway hope you enjoyed some interesting facts we found online!