Since Pixar’s Finding Nemo, the clownfish has been iconic worldwide. While Dory always told us that we could find Nemo at 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney, the truth is that Nemo is more likely to be found on a Whitsunday boat trip in the Great Barrier Reef.
Most clownfish are orange with white bands across their body and head. They can grow between ten and sixteen centimetres in length, depending on the species. Some clownfish can also be yellow, red or blackish in colour, but it is the orange clownfish that is famous across the world. Clownfish are also called anemone fish because they live in symbiotic harmony with anemones.
Clownfish can be found in in the Indian and Pacific oceans, including the Red Sea, but you are also likely to find Nemo and his friends in the Great Barrier Reef while on a Whitsunday boat trip. They usually live at the bottom of shallow lagoons or reefs, so scuba diving or snorkelling can be a great way to discover these cute little sea creatures. On a Whitsunday boat trip, your crew will take you to the best snorkelling locations and help you find clownfish, as well as other incredible aquatic wildlife, such as turtles, Dugongs, and Maori Wrasse.
An interesting fact about clownfish that you might not know from Finding Nemo is that they are protandrous hermaphrodites. This means that they can swap between female and male sexes during their lives. However, just like in Finding Nemo, it is the male clownfish who is usually the caretaker of the eggs, ready to protect them at all times.
Also as in Finding Nemo, clownfish have become a huge part of the marine trade, being taken from the wild to be put in aquariums. Numbers of wild clownfish are decreasing, but there are still plenty to be found in the Great Barrier Reef. Come find Nemo before it’s too late.
Book a Whitsunday boat trip today and visit the Great Barrier Reef to find Nemo for yourself!