The Cute and Mysterious Clown Fish
The clown fish, which has even been featured as the hero of a movie, is popular throughout the world and there are six varieties that can been seen in Japan. These can all be found in the Okinawan ocean and because they often live in shallow waters, they are relatively easy to find even when snorkelling.
Schools of clown fish can be found scattered throughout the ocean surrounding both the main island as well as various remote islands, and for those who want to observe them for longer periods of time, it is best to take a ride on a tour boat.
Of course they are also a popular resident of the Churaumi Aquarium.
It is well known that the clown fish lives alongside anemone.
They have a symbiotic relationship where the clown fish can hide amongst the anemone, and the anemone can eat plankton and such which is stirred up in the surrounding sea water by clown fish.
It might look cute when their faces appear from amongst the swaying anemone, but inside they might be looking after their young.
When clown fish are born, they are actually all male.
Amongst them, those who are the largest become females and the second largest male breeds with them. This is one of the mysteries of life.