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Who's Nemo?


Who's Nemo?
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Copyright: Peter Bergquist (Pedda) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 41 W: 1 N: 247] (1287)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-18
Categories: Fish
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor Micro 60mm
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater World [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-24 13:24
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Red Sea Anemonefish (Amphiprion bicinctus)

Well, it’s not Nemo but it’s the same family (Pomacentridae). The Red Sea anemonefish is only spread in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden where you’ll find in depths of 1 to 30 meter circling around, or in one of the following species of anemones, Entacmaea quadricolor, Heteractis aurcra or Stichodactyla gigantean. The adults are extremely territorial, never stray very far from “their” anemone that provides shelter against predators by means of its nettling tentacles. There are many different species of clownfish: some fish live with only one species of anemone whilst others show no specific preference. Some live in anemones as juveniles and move to coral as adults. Some never move from their anemones; some will dart up to 6 feet out and "attack" yellow depth gauges or mouthpieces. Eggs are laid at the base of the anemone, and the parent often rubs the anemone causing the tentacle to extend, which in turn forms a protective canopy for the eggs of the fish.

The fishes themselves are protected by a method of “chemical stealth”. The tentacles of the anemone protect the clownfish from predators. At first contact with the anenome the clownfish jerks back, but gradually its mucus coating gives it immunity to the anemone's stinging nematocysts. The benefit to the anemone is probably down to the fish's swimming within its tentacles and wafting them around, thus increasing the water flow and hence the amount of oxygen available to the anemone. The anemone may also feed on the fish's waste material.

The photo is taken on 12 meters depth at the dive site Talata outside Hurghada. I've used one external Sea&Sea flash. Picture is slightly cropped otherwise untouched.

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  • Great 
  • edji Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 83 W: 8 N: 22] (426)
  • [2004-09-24 13:51]

Nice underwater shot. Great colors.

I really enjoy your shots, Peter. This is realy another world!
Very good composition, "Nemo" seems to look at you and the texture of the Anemone is great for the background. Didn´t you use flash for this one? Greetings.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-09-24 14:24]

very nice one Peter.
I like the composition an the great colours of this fantastic photo. Great shot.

Excellent shot Peter. Absolutely amazing colours on this fish and very good sharpness to show the details. Well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-09-24 15:44]

Otra de tus hermosas capturas Peter.
Siempre me agrado más esta especie al Amphiprion percula.
Excelente calidad, impresionantes colores (más sabiendo de la captura submarina) y bella composicion.

Another one of your beautiful captures Peter.
I am always pleased more this species to the Amphiprion percula.
Excellent quality, impressive colors (more knowing of the submarine capture) and beautiful composition.

Great Peter.
Very nice colors, good composition and very good sharpness.
Great job.
Mycket bra.

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-24 16:55]

Fantastic! It's excellent, colours are vibrant, lighting is sublime, excellent detail - well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-09-25 0:19]

J'aime bien votre jolie composition. Le monde sous marin est plein de beauté !
Well done !

  • Great 
  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2004-09-26 5:38]

You technic is very great for under water photographs, splendid the colours are great and fine, my compliments.

As is usual for you a very well imaged subject in good relation to it's suroundings. the note is also informative too

Masterpiece, I think if I add anything else it would not do it justice.

Tout simplement magnifique cette photo, rien à redire, cadrage parfait, couleurs extraordinaires. Une réussite.
Quite simply splendid this photograph, nothing to repeat, perfect framing, extraordinary colors. A success

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  • kb10 Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 29] (155)
  • [2004-10-01 12:50]

j'aime beaucoup cette image. J'avoue avoir été comme un enfant le jour où j'en ai vu pour la première fois.
Tes photos sous-marines sont de très bonne qualité, bravo.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2004-10-10 22:17]

This anemonefish seems to take the pose for you. Well done about the colors. What can I say more. Keep on!

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  • Maru Silver Star Critiquer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2004-12-05 12:38]
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Great sharpness and colours, i like the composition. How deep you were?

This one looks really funny ... so colourful! Nice to see this. Nino.

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