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9 Facts About Nemo

  1. Clownfish are known as "anemonefish" because they live in the tentacles of anemones. Anemones are close relatives of corals and jellyfish that are attached to the sea floor and often have stinging tentacles.
    Clownfish are known as "anemonefish" because they live in the tentacles of anemones. Anemones are close relatives of corals and jellyfish that are attached to the sea floor and often have stinging tentacles.
  2. Clownfish live in small families. In each family the biggest fish is the female, the next biggest is the male, and the small ones are immature juveniles.
  3. Clownfish are immune to the stings of anemone because they have a thick layer of mucus covering their bodies.
    Clownfish are immune to the stings of anemone because they have a thick layer of mucus covering their bodies.
  4. Clownfish lay their eggs under the edge of the anemone and care for them until they hatch by scaring off predators and aerating them with their tails.
    Clownfish lay their eggs under the edge of the anemone and care for them until they hatch by scaring off predators and aerating them with their tails.
  5. Once clownfish eggs hatch, the babies don't stay in their parents' anemone. They are swept away by currents and tides and are sometimes washed away from the reef completely, into the open ocean.
    Once clownfish eggs hatch, the babies don't stay in their parents' anemone. They are swept away by currents and tides and are sometimes washed away from the reef completely, into the open ocean.
  6. To find a new anemone to call home, they listen for the loud crackle that coral reefs make to find their way back to the reef. Here they will have a good chance of finding a new anemone home.
    To find a new anemone to call home, they listen for the loud crackle that coral reefs make to find their way back to the reef. Here they will have a good chance of finding a new anemone home.
  7. All clownfish are born male! Later in their life, if there aren't enough females around, they may transform into a female. This way there will always be enough females around to be mummy clownfish!
    All clownfish are born male! Later in their life, if there aren't enough females around, they may transform into a female. This way there will always be enough females around to be mummy clownfish!
  8. Clownfish not only eat algae and plankton but also eat the anemone's dead tentacles and its leftovers!
    Clownfish not only eat algae and plankton but also eat the anemone's dead tentacles and its leftovers!
  9. Nemo was a "clown anemone fish" or "clownfish", for short. There are lots of different types of clownfish, but they are all small and are usually black, white and orange or yellow.
    Nemo was a "clown anemone fish" or "clownfish", for short. There are lots of different types of clownfish, but they are all small and are usually black, white and orange or yellow.