Saturday, March 14, 2009

Not clowning around


The clownfish and the sea anemone -- a classic symbiotic relationship (check this Wikipedia article).

At the Aquarium of the Americas at the foot of Canal Street in New Orleans -- both do what they have been doing for thousands of years - the clownfish draws other fish near to the anemone who sting the preditors with venemous tentacles. The fish helps feed the anemones and help with it's other hygiene habits. Interesting story of different life forms that have learned to live together. Humans have for the most part learned that lesson, but the semesters is not quite over.

--steve buser

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4 comments:

Abe said...

The colors are just stunning. And the photography is first class.

donnap said...

Very nice shot...colors are vibrant. Super! New Orleans has one of the best aquariums in the country. I miss it! I used to love to go out to Audubon Zoo a lot to take pictures as well.

Ms M said...

Excellent photo! I didn't know about the relationship between clown fish and anemones. I think I remember reading about a symbiotic relationship like that between a certain kind of bird and crocodiles.

D said...

Oh hey, I think you found Nemo!