Thursday, September 1, 2016

The clown fish is a great example of an animal with a symbiotic relationship with another organism. They live in some certain sea anemones which no other organism can live due to its stinging tentacles. The clown fish are covered in a slimy mucus which protects them from the anemones stings, stings that protect them from other predators. While doing this the clown fish cleans the anemones from algae and other fish debris. They also create more water circulation within the anemone when they swim about. This is a great example mutualistic relationship of two organisms living together to benefit each other. If you need more info watch “Finding Nemo”! In the movie there is a great part where Nemo’s father talks about how they brush against the tentacles of the anemone to keep it clean and new. It’s a very simple explanation but I found it pretty educational for a children’s movie. It’s a great visualization of how the fish live in harmony with its home, the anemone.  It’s fascinating to me that such animals exist. It is like the two were made for each other. Just another way mother nature is completely wondrous and bazaar.

By Rob Stanley

"Investigation." Clownfish Biology. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Aug. 2016.

Finding Nemo. Dir. Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. Perf. Albert Brooks and Ellen Degeneres. Disney, 2003. DVD.

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