- SEA LIFE, Secrets of the Reef
Did you know that Clownfish live in the venomous tentacles of Sea Anemones?
They are one of the only ocean creatures that can do this as they are protected by a layer of slimy mucus on their skin! Clownfish like to live in Sea Anemones so that they are protected from predators and can nibble on leftover food the Sea Anemone catches.
In return, they help keep Sea Anemones and the area around them clean by eating up algae and other reef debris.
If you see a clownfish couple in a Sea Anemone, the larger of the two will be the female, and the smaller the male.
They are called clownfish because of their bright clown colouring and all clownfish are born as boys, once the females die the largest male will change sex.
Did you know?
Male Clownfish are very devoted parents. They look after the eggs, fanning them to keep them oxygenated. They will chase away fish much bigger than them and even square up to inquisitive scuba divers!
Not all Clownfish species are orange in colour. Some are red, brown or even black!
All Clownfish are born boys! Some will eventually turn into girls when they are older. If you see two Clownfish on a Sea Anemone, the larger of the two will be the female, the smaller the male.
Blue tangs may look relatively harmless, but when in danger they can raise a pair of razor-sharp, venomous spines on either side of their tails.
More Amazing Coral Reef Inhabitants
Coral Reefs are packed with creatures, all living together in a small space so things get very competitive! Reef inhabitants have to have some nifty tricks up their sleeve to ensure that they catch enough food and evade their predators. Check out some of these incredible creatures who you'll find in Secrets of the Reef during your visit!