Sep 29

Thirteen ocean creatures have surfaced all around Bristol’s BS5 postcode, snapped by some of the world’s very best wildlife photographers. To prove how turtle-y awesome they all are, we’ve created blogs on all of the featured species sharing ten epic facts about them! Sail your way around the exhibition by downloading your very own map and guide.

1) Anemonefish are famous for their sea anemone homes. In exchange for safety from predators and food scraps, the clownfish drives off intruders and preens its host sea anemone, removing parasites.

2) Anemonefish are also known as clownfish due to the bold colour patterns on their body, which look a bit like a clown’s face paint.

3) It’s a layer of mucus on the anemonefish’s skin makes it immune to the anemone’s potentially lethal sting.

4) Anemonefish have to perform an elaborate dance with an anemone before taking up residence, gently touching the anemone’s tentacles with different parts of their bodies until they are both satisfied.

5) Strangely, all anemonefish eggs hatch as males, but when the female in the group dies, a dominant male undergoes a sex change and turns into a female.

6) Female anemonefish lay few hundred or thousand eggs, depending on the species, during the full moon. Eggs are attached onto rocks, where the male takes care of them until they hatch.

7) While the male ‘egg-sits’, he constantly fans water over the eggs to keep them oxygenate and may eat any eggs that are infertile or damaged by fungus to prevent the spread of disease or parasites.

8) After baby anemonefish hatch from their eggs, they drift into the open sea for 10 to 12 days, likely carried out by prevailing currents. But they often return to the near-shore reefs where they were born.

9) Anemonefish are often kept as pets, but sadly only survive for 3 to 5 years in aquariums, whereas wild individuals can live for up to 10 years.

10) Did you know that 90% of anemonefish sold in the aquarium trade are taken from the wild? This trade has led to the decimation of many wild tropical fish populations.


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