Finding Nemo in Raja Ampat

Finding Nemo in Raja Ampat
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There is no doubt that the movie Finding Nemo has increased the popularity of clownfish. Nemo and his father, Marlin, are just one species from at tens clownfish/anemonefish species recognized by far. What I love about the diving in Raja Ampat (West Papua, Indonesia) was: I saw (regularly) at least four species of clownfish in (almost) every dive site I visited. I was diving in 25 different dive sites,  and most of the dive sites have numerous clownfish and variety of their hosts, the sea anemone.

The clownfish always lives within the tentacles of sea anemone. The sea anemone produces a toxin that protects the clownfish from their predators. A recent study in 2013 has reported that the clownfish’ wiggle dance actually helping their sea anemone host to breath and help the anemone to aerate themselves, which means the clownfish and anemone needs each other to survive living in the ocean.

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