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At home in the anemone


August 14, 2015 | Latest Photo Prev Next
An anemonefish peeks out of his home in an anemone in Eilat's coral reefAn anemonefish peeks out of his home in an anemone in Eilat's coral reefPhoto: Shahar Shabtai / Shutterstock
August 14, 2015 | Latest Photo

Of all the underwater residents in the coral reef off the coast of Eilat, Israel, the anemonefish is one of the most charismatic.

Also known as the clownfish, the anemonefish is special because it can live inside the stinging tentacles of the sea anemone. In exchange for a house with great security, the clownfish helps keep its anemone home clean and fends off parasites – this is what's known as a symbiotic, mutualistic relationship.

Clownfish live in warm waters throughout the world. Keep an eye out next time you go scuba diving!

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