This weeks Photo of the Week is a Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos) in a Mertens Carpet Sea Anemone (Stichodactyla mertensii) on Agincourt Reef, Great Barrier Reef.
During a dive last week I managed to spend 20 minutes just sitting and watching an Anemonefish moving in and out of its anemone, and took several photos.
Some of my favourite dives are just sitting on the bottom and not moving … I have even taken a deck chair down a couple of times. It is amazing to sit for several minutes and watch all the sealife re-emerge after initially being scared by your presence. There is so much to see that is missed while you are swimming around.
Barrier Reef Anemonefish are found in lagoons and outer reefs to depths of 25 m, and live together in a social structure within a single anemone. A dominant female is the largest member of the group, and her mate, the dominant male is the second largest. There can also be up to four lower-ranking males. If the female dies, the dominant male assumes her position within the hierarchy and changes gender over the course of a few days.
Other photos of this anemonefish include:-
On the way out to the reef we also spotted the first Minke Whale of the season at Agincourt Reef, and a recently news report mentioned the first spotting of a Humpback whale on the Gold Coast, heading towards Far North Queensland…. looks like it is going to be an early whale season.
With the whales comes the cooler water temperatures. It is currently 26C… which means the locals will need to dust off their winter wetsuit, but visitors will find it nice and warm compared to home.