Clownfish have become one of the most recognised fish species on the Great Barrier Reef and one of the most popular marine attractions at Daydream Island Resort and Spa. The clownfish, known for its striped orange and white appearance, is often referred to as Nemo after the main character of…
CLOWNFISH: STARS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Clownfish have become one of the most recognised fish species on the Great Barrier Reef and one of the most popular marine attractions at Daydream Island Resort and Spa.
The clownfish, known for its striped orange and white appearance, is often referred to as ‘Nemo’ after the main character of the popular Disney animated film, Finding Nemo.
Daydream has a population of clownfish in its Living Reef lagoons around the resort. Similar species can also be spotted whilst snorkeling or diving off Daydream’s fringing coral reef.
David Attenborough profiled the life of the clownfish and their unique reproductive journey in the first part of his Great Barrier Reef documentary.
Daydream too has witnessed up close the amazing sight of the young clownfish eggs being tendered to by their parents in its lagoons.
Clownfish are monogamous, choosing one partner for life. When the conditions are right and as the water temperature warms up, the male will prepare an area suitable for the female to lay her eggs. The nest area is usually on a hard surface next to an anemone so the anemone tentacles protect the eggs. Once the female lays her eggs it is the male that does most of the work, making sure the eggs are well ventilated and protected from predators. Clownfish eggs hatch in less than 10 days depending on the temperature of the water.
“Once the young clownfish hatch they will generally be carried away by currents and hopefully drift towards an anemone where they might establish their new home,” Daydream Island’s Living Reef manager and resident marine biologist John Gaskell said.
Daydream’s on-island Living Reef attraction is one of the world’s largest man-made living coral reef lagoons, home to more than 140 species of marine fish, 82 species of coral and 15 species of invertebrates such as starfish, sea cucumbers and crabs.
Comprising a north and south lagoon and holding more than 1.5 million litres of water, the Living Reef lets visitors learn about and get up close to the fascinating inhabitants of the Great Barrier Reef.