2023 Edition

Sirachai Arunrugstichai

Venomous Shelter, 2021

Phuket, Thailand

Category - Ocean Worlds

Venomous Shelter, 2021

In the flowing current, a pink skunk clownfish (Amphiprion perideraion) takes shelter among the stinging tentacles of its host, a magnificent sea anemone (Heteractis magnifica) in the reefs of submerged pinnacles off the shore from Phuket, Thailand. The sea anemone and clownfish form a mutualistic relationship: the sea anemone shelters and protects the clownfish while the latter provides nutrients, eliminates its parasites, and scares off potential predators.

60 mm f/2.8 Lens - 1/10 sec at f/25 ISO 640