February 5, 2014

A Mutual Benefit

Photograph by David Doubliet, National Geographic

An anemone and its tenant, a pink anemonefish, look out for each other in the waters of Papua New Guinea's Kimbe Bay. The anemone’s sting warns predators away, while the fish eats parasites and drives off fish that feed on anemones.

See more pictures from the November 2013 feature story “Paradise Revisited.”

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49 comments
Mark F.
Mark F.

biology is much cooler than science fiction

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

In all its glory... what a lovely photo of colour and sharpness. There is also the amazing partnership between these two.. the anemone and the little Clown Fish.

Akim Mahmud
Akim Mahmud

is there different website to submit the photo of the day ?  

Jan Wiechowski
Jan Wiechowski

This is the world that surrounds us, but also for us invisible.

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

The Ocean of Wilderness  — Normally we think of marine wildlife and fisheries deep in ocean, far at sea.  Or, on exotic tropical islands far on the other side of the world.  Or extremely, as the refugees from industrial society confined to designated wildlife refuges and the state parks.  Yet, how many people living in urban areas on sea coasts never experience wildlife and cannot even fish?  Were the industrial society to cease dumping sewage and toxic waste into watershed on the sea coast, they could experience wildlife nature and, attract viable fisheries to their shore.  Gary Conn

D Adams
D Adams

AWESOME!!!!  Nature is truly incredible.

julia cart
julia cart

i had to look twice; at first glance it looks like the tiny fish and anemone are being gently cradled  by a red-clad and ample bosom !  truly a beautiful and intimate look into this microcosmic world.

Janice H.
Janice H.

PERFECTION IN A PHOTOGRAPH!!!!!       The colors are magnificent and what a wonderful symbiotic " give and take" partnership in nature.     The small, pretty little fish peeking out completes the picture.

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

A symbiotic relationship.  Complementary colours.   The sea anemone has more going for it than merely looking like a velvet cushion.   


The little fish looks very protected and secure snuggled between the contingent of little green 'men' assigned to its security detail.


Nature generously provided the photographer with the compositional cluster.

Susan P.
Susan P.

Who knew symbiotic relationships could be so beautiful? The colors are gorgeous, almost dream-like,  and the fish adds a point of reality. Nice work, Mr. Doubliet.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Another beautiful underwater shot. Not a lot of color, but what is there is vibrant and more than enough to keep one focused on the picture. They are quite a pair,with that story of taking care of each other. Rather like 'you scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours' only better.  j.e.s

isaiah wiggins
isaiah wiggins

i think this nemo fish or clown fish really cool

Elena Cano
Elena Cano

Buenos dias con tan linda imagen

Dan Mihalache
Dan Mihalache

Foarte frumoasă fotografie.  Nota 10 la tehnică (lumină, culoare etc.)...  Dar e prea căutată, parcă aşezată cu mâna, te atinge doar la suprafaţă.

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

Doubilet   'Anemone Fish' Photo of the Day.  Color, photography and the sea.  Doubilet always photographs underwater, and they're great pictures.  These colors and the lighting are phenomenal.  How does he produce unimaginable photography under the sea?   Be very careful of the sea and water; every slightest change to water chemistry or temperature damages the habitat.  Healthy marine life is evidence of a vital ecosystem.  Gary Conn

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