Interesting Facts About Clown fish – aka Nemo

Posted By: GetawayAdmin on Aug 20, 2013 in Things to See and Do around Cairns, Uncategorised
Clown Fish aka Nemo

Clown Fish Facts

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.

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