Thursday, August 30, 2012

Symbiotic Relationships

          When asked to research a close symbiotic relationship, one specific relationship popped into my head that almost everyone has heard of; yes, even eight year olds. Weather they know it or not, while watching Disney's "Finding Nemo" there are several relationships that aline in the blink of an eye. Perhaps one of the most popular relationships is that of the anemone and the clown fish. These two make an odd pair that though out time, have almost become a "roll model" for other symbiotic relationships to form. Although their relationship is quite easy. The anemone provides safe and secure home for the clownfish by using its poisonous tentacles. In return the clown fish not only fights off prey of the anemone (fish that can harm it such as the the butterfly fish) but the anemone also benefits from the fertilizer that the clown fish produces. The clown fish can also help lure in prey using its bright and vivid colors. Overall, the symbiotic relationship that these two share is one of the most well thought of and rounded to exist today.

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