Spotting a pair of clownfish underwater always means they are near an anemone or most likely swimming and playing hide and seek over a bloom of anemone. Anemones are named after a terrestrial flower, but it’s actually a marine animal.
Of the over 1,000 anemone species that live in the ocean, only 10 species coexists with the 26 species of tropical clownfish. Within these species, only select pairs of anemone and clownfish are compatible. Together, they are obligatory symbionts, which means that each species is highly dependent on the other for survival. Symbiosis between the two species is achieved in a variety of ways including a mutual protection from predators, an exchange of nutrients, and the clownfish’s tolerance of anemone nematocysts.
The relationship between the sea anemone and clownfish allows the other to flourish through symbiosis. They are mutually dependent from each other. The above explosion of colors was in Mag-aba Deep Wall in Pandan, Antique!