Just about every dive center I’ve visited in the Indo-pacific region has a ‘Nemo City’ or, if named before a certain small animated fishes exploits, an ‘Anemone Garden’, and for an underwater photographer, they are always a good thing.
Whenever I have a travel piece to do or a more specific diving article to complete I look for a mix of shots, with plenty of close-up images mixed in with more general reef and diver pictures. Given that everyone recognises a clownfish and they are such good subjects, getting a few clown portraits on my memory card is always worthwhile, especially if I’m struggling to find other subjects.
These pictures from the southern Red Sea feature the region’s endemic clown, Amphiprion bicinctus, in very high numbers hosting within a large and presumably clonal group of Heteractis magnifica. I had trouble estimating how many individual ‘nems there were; I got to about fifty, but that’s not too reliable. As you’ll see there are also a good number of Three spot Dscyllus (Dascyllus trimaculatus).
How any two fish could decide upon a territory and begin the egg laying process baffles me, it looked like a gloriously complicated mess of fish and tentacles!