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. Je vois que tu as fait tes courses au Nemo’s market !! 😉
    Eh bien je suis fier d’annoncer en premier avoir été mordu 😡 par un petit salopiau qui trouvait que je lorgnais d’un peu trop près sa compagne 🙂 Un geste du doigt lui signifiant « ne recommence pas » 😈 l’a mis en garde … et calmé ! (J’avais des petits gants, ce qui m’a moins surpris).
    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: Hé, hé ! Je savais bien que les poissons-clowns étaient plus dangereux que les requins. Tu l’as échappé belle!!! 😆 Faut se méfier. Les dents de la mer ne sont pas là où on le croit. En fait, c’est mon précédent article sur les poissons bouffeurs de peaux mortes qui m’a refait penser à ce poisson clown agressif de Sipadan… Dans la série, il faudrait que je fasse un article sur le baliste, un poisson qui a de bonnes dents, lui, et qui n’hésite pas à mordre les plongeurs ou leur palmes quand on a la mauvaise idée de passer trop près de son nid.

  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

    😀 Je fais partie de celles qui ont été sauvagement agressées par un clown, à plusieurs reprises!
    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!

    😯 Quand au baliste, et en particulier le titan en période de construction de son nid… aïe! certains y ont perdu un morceau de chair ou un peu de plastique sur les palmes!

  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!

    A bientôt 😉

  7. Le poisson-clown est une sale bestiole qu’il faut éradiquer de nos récifs coralliens si tranquilles. 👿
    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 ...

    A bon entendeur, salut !! 😉


    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. Et de cinq, avec 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. Trop, la vidéo d’Alimata 😉 Bien sûr, ces petits monstres attaquent. J’en ai photographié un qui picorait la main de mon binôme à 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 : Tu sais le poisson clown, en plus d’être un voyou du récif n’est pas très intelligent. Il attaque ce qui est le plus en avant. Donc quand tu présentes ton visage, c’est le détendeur et si tu mets ta main, il va attaquer ton doigt. Si tu veux recevoir le baiser de ta vie, enlève ton détendeur et tends tes lèvres.:D Tu peux aussi sortir la langue… 😛

  14. 😉
    ... the kiss of the clown fish ... with the tongue ... this is an idea of a photo or a video!
    J’ai l’appareil… il ne me manque plus que le modèle… des volontaires??? 😈

  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: Des volontaires? Pas moi!!! 😡
    @ Helen: Eh oui! En live sous l’eau ou en dessin animé, Nemo est une star, même pour les non-plongeuses de canapé!!! 😆

  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.
    Je m’amuse avec les icônes trop drôles. 😈

  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 ... ..