Check out these stunning little Spine Cheek Anemonefish found at one of Ocean Rafting’s favourite snorkel spot! These cousins of the famous Nemo (Clown Anemonefish) share many of the same incredible traits!
Living in a symbiotic relationship with the host Anemone provides shelter from predators, while the fish return the favour by removing parasites, maintaining and driving away intruders from their home! These Anemonefish are hermaphrodites! Meaning they will all start their lives as males and live under the rule of the dominant larger female. If the female is to be removed from their Anemone, the largest male will turn into the female and rule their world! The picture below shows the larger, darker female, with the more curious, smaller male in the foreground.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is home to several species of Anemonefish, and we’re lucky enough to have plenty of residents in our sheltered bays for you to find! Or kick back and let our expert crew of Marine Biologists, Master Reef Guides and passionate locals guide you through our underwater paradise!