The world of Nemo

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The clownfish is the most popular tropical fish, thanks to the movie Finding Nemo (The world of Nemo). By sorting in my photos, I rediscovered with pleasure the clownfish that I flashed over the years. Here is the photo gallery of my little world of Nemo to me.

Nemos Photo Gallery

All the photos below were taken with my small Canon Powershot A95 compact camera.

Addition - July 2012 : What progress has been made since then ... The photos below are from before 2009. I now do much better with my SLR, the Canon Eos 7D. See the photos at the end of the link below :
Clownfish have a dirty mouth

As you may know, the clownfish is also called Anemony-fish in English, because of the anemone in which he lives. Hence the name of Nemo (atNEMOny fish) for the little Disney cartoon hero.

Clownfish are curious, but fearful most of the time. At the beginning of the film, we can see Nemo's daddy go out and then carefully return several times to the anemone, before going out again ...

It's the same with real clown fish. They keep moving and squirming and hiding and sinking into their anemone. Not easy to photograph!

Beware of the anemone kingpins!

But some are more fearless. Once, during a dive at SipadanI witnessed some amazing behavior from a very brave little clownfish.

As I was leaning over the anemone trying to take a picture of it, it came out in a hurry and ran straight into my partner's mask to bang into it. Bing!

Quickly, he returned to take refuge between the stinging tentacles. Then he started the maneuver again. Re-bing! I even managed to get the picture...

Have you ever been attacked by a clownfish?


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  1. Ah, Nemo, I love it ... Besides, I'm not the only one ... I saw posters in Geneva of a musical show on ice called: "The world of Nemo"

  2. I see you've been shopping at Nemo's market!!! 😉
    Well I'm proud to announce first that I was bitten 😡 by a little bastard who thought I was leering a little too closely at his girlfriend 🙂 A finger gesture of "don't do it again" 😈 put him on notice ... and calmed him down! (I had little gloves on, which surprised me less).
    A + corinne

  3. @ Helen: If now they give us Nemo on ice, where are we going? No no no! Nemo is not an icefish. Nemo loves warm seas and tropical anemones. Like me!

    @ Martial: Hey, hey! I knew clownfish were more dangerous than sharks. You had a close call!!! 😆 Gotta watch out. Jaws are not where you think they are. In fact, it's my previous article on dead skin-eating fish that reminded me of this aggressive clown fish from Sipadan... In the series, I should do an article on the triggerfish, a fish that has good teeth, him, and that does not hesitate to bite divers or their fins when you have the bad idea to pass too close to its nest.

  4. Hi Manta!

    Ah, I knew that the clownfish were not the nice beasties that show us the cartoons!
    With Martial, it's now two additional testimonials, confirming that the Nemos are not at all the type to be impressed by the divers ... I can not believe that such a small fish plays the big arms like that!

    As for the ballista-titans, yes, there would be things to tell. I'll have to write a little article. Especially since I have a nice photo taken at Perhentian, a cleaner shrimp perched on the teeth of a titan (yes, I dared to approach as close as possible to this image). In Koh Tao, there is even one that the dive-masters had dubbed Tyson, like the boxer, because he had bitten the ear of a customer ...

  5. Hello Corinne

    😀 I am one of those who has been savagely assaulted by a clown, repeatedly!
    Between those who darken on the camera or the mask ... and those who "bite", I would rather say "pinch", because it sometimes leaves a small pink mark like a hickey ...
    Sometimes I think that if the clown was the size of the shark, it should seriously be wary!
    Certainly, there are timid ones, but some are very fearless and seriously defend their anemone against intruders ... a diver does not scare them!

    😯 When the triggerfish, and in particular the titan in the period of construction of its nest... ouch! some lost a piece of flesh or a bit of plastic on the fins!

  6. "Hence the name of Nemo (aNEMOny fish)"

    And bhe ... here is a good anecdote to resort during the next social cocktail! I did not know all that ...

    As for the fish itself, I think it's the only one I know for sure when I'm snorkeling!

    See you soon 😉

  7. The clownfish is a nasty bug that needs to be eradicated from our oh-so-quiet coral reefs. 👿
    Under deceptive and sympathetic appearances hides a little guy who reigns the terror in his neighborhood of coral by indulging in all the possible abuses, taking his anemone for a housing estate of ninecube where even a certified diver can not penetrate.
    I have been assaulted several times by this guy. In Bali, they even put themselves in several, while I was all alone and disarmed (I had forgotten my snorkel at the hotel bar).
    I shot a film of this aggression (sensitive souls abstain) to serve as evidence to my words when filing a complaint with local authorities:

    Attack of clowns => underwater videos page of Alimata
    [flash http://alimata.free.fr/indonesie/bali/video/attaque-clown.flv w = 400 h = 300 f = {image = http: //alimata.free.fr/indonesie/bali/video/img-attack-clown.jpg&id=10}

    Nothing has done, they have too much support from the media and politics.
    A tip: Never forget your snorkel, it will save your life one day when you will be alone in front of these thugs ...

    To the best of our knowledge, goodbye! 😉


    Added on 3/12/2008 by Corinne: I allowed myself to insert the code above to see your video, Alimata. She is really too funny and right in my subject (if it bothers you, tell me, I will remove it and leave only the link to click). To all, I invite you to discover lots of other very nice underwater videos, at this address, on the site of Alimata:


  8. @ Thib: Delighted that you can shine in the Singaporean social dinners with this little article !!!! Watch out anyway, next time you snorkel ...

    @ Alimata: We are now four plaintiffs against Nemo !!! So, here, Alimata, I must say that you bring the brilliant proof of the aggressiveness of these little thugs of the coral ...
    I laughed so much by rediscovering your video, that I inserted it directly into your comment (see above). "The real teeth of the sea ..." EXCELLENT !!!!!!

  9. And five, with Siratus! 😈
    Thank you for your contribution. And your compliment on the photos.

    Well, I promise you, I will talk about ballista palms, even ears, and incidentally racer innocent divers, in a future article ...

  10. Too much, Alimata's video 😉 Of course, these little monsters attack. I photographed one pecking at my partner's hand in Moalboal...
    Your shots are beautiful.
    For the ballista that is nid, I prefer not to approach too much!

  11. I keep an emotional memory of my first dives, where I exploded - literally! - to laugh at the sight of clown fish. I thought they looked nice and did not tire of observing them. It is rather the "trigger fish" (sorry, I never "dipped in French", lol) who terrorized me ... I probably did not dive often enough to see the clown fish as potential formidable beasts! Great pictures! I just love it!

  12. @ Marie-Julie: "Trigger fish" is precisely the other name, in English, the formidable ballista that I evoked a little higher!

    But clowns can also play it "big hard" under water. You'll see, the day it will happen to you the same as Alimata !!!!

  13. @ Corinne: No problem for you to integrate the video

    @ Marie-Julie: The trigger fish (ballista titan in french language) is not very dangerous in fact. Only males during the period when they watch the eggs are aggressive. In fact they define a cone-shaped territory that starts from their nest towards the surface and attacks everything that passes in it. The diver's mistake is to go back up to escape the attack instead of going horizontally to get out of the cone

    @ Manta: You know the clown fish, besides being a reef thug, is not very intelligent. It attacks what is most in front of it. So when you present your face, it's the regulator and if you put your hand in, it's going to attack your finger. If you want to get the kiss of your life, take off your regulator and hold out your lips:D You can also stick out your tongue... 😛

  14. 😉
    ... the kiss of the clown fish ... with the tongue ... this is an idea of a photo or a video!
    I have the camera... all I need is the model... any volunteers??? 😈

  15. Well ... Nemo has a lot of comments !!!
    I just add another ... well away from my poor underwater experiences ... .for me, Nemo ... I love it in cartoon, well installed in my sofa!

  16. @ Manta: Any volunteers? Not me!!! 😡
    @ Helen: Yep! Live underwater or in cartoon, Nemo is a star, even for non couch potatoes!!! 😆

  17. Clownfish are one of the favorite subjects of underwater photographers. And when I play the models they attack directly to my mask! My eyes should not please them! ...

    As for the ballista Titan, one of them has snatched the first phalanx of one of my fingers and left the imprint of his 4 teeth! I suffered for 3 days ...


  18. It's now six testimonials concordant, with that of Marie-Ange (A World Elsewhere) ... To say that even a professional of the profession is not immune to these little caïds reef!

    In the picture I put of my pair, it was exactly the situation you describe, Marie-Ange: it was heading right into the mask. The "Nemo" way of saying, "You have beautiful eyes, you know" ❓

    As for the ballista titan (trigger fish), he will not get away with this !!! I'm going to devote an article to him with his picture, where we can see in close-up his big bad naughty rabbit teeth that inflict such painful bites. No but.

    Poor of you ...

  19. The photos are sublime. Continue to dive and make us dream. This said, these clowns do not seem to appreciate the world.

  20. I went to the photo gallery. I love Nemo orange. Nevertheless, it is riquiqui. I wanted to send to a friend from the OF gallery and it did not work.
    I'm having fun with the too-funny icons. 😈

  21. Thank you Alimata !!! He's really great, that one. Yes, it is unfortunate that there is this triangle that spoils the composition of the photo at the top left ...
    😆 😆 😆

    (I'm laughing alone in front of my screen.)

  22. My apologies to everyone but I discover.
    Alimata is right they are terrible dirty beasts who have all seen the World of Nemo and who still have a propensity to hide in the anemones.
    Saw this year the smallest clowns ever seen before: 2 were on the nail of my little finger, cute archie !!!
    Okay, watch out for the parents who were trying to snatch the regulator ... ..