Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Here in a somewhat large format for 'shock value' is an Oscelaris.
The strange behavior shown here is usually when clownfish are getting acquainted with an anemone.
It seems that they get each other used to them & start a lifelong relationship (In a perfect marine world).
Here though, the clownfish is suckling on the polyps of a large leather coral.
This shot is taken directly against the glass, (1/2") with the Oscelaris about 1" away, inside the coral.
Strangely enough, (I may try this) the fish is in a trancelike state, maybe a result of sucking on something I imagine is not that healthy, for normal human beings.
In the header & linked to it are more images of a "cleaning crew" I introduced today.
They are tasked with keeping any algae under control. This allows coralline algae (good kind), to propagate, keeping the surfaces free of bad algae.
On Planet Earth, a few publicity shots of some of the main actors.
I`d suggest that rather than view linked images in a slide show, that you view individual images & even in a larger size, to get the details clearly, rather than in a fuzzy slideshow.
Enjoy your day & the next ones after.
Spring is just around the bend, a really very long sweeping one, but it`s there.