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We regularly post short Marine Wildlife Videos an Photographs with a short explanation regarding the subject and the technique used to capture the image.

All videos are made by Olivier Van den Broeck using Light & Motion video lights

and all photographs are by Greet Meulepas unless stated otherwise.

156. Mauritian Anemonefish (Amphiprion chrysogaster) colour change


Subject: Juveniles of the Mauritian Anemonefish are orange coloured with white bars. At a later stage in life they change colour depending on their host anemone. When the individual lives in a Magnificent Sea Anemone (Heteractis magnifica) like in this clip the orange of the body (not their fins) starts darkening to brown. When the fish sets out to live in a Carpet Anemone (Genus Stichodactyla) the orange body changes into black.

Technique: Music and sounds are important in film. Seemingly happy moving fish are best accompanied by a happy and joyful tune. We also added a matching sound when the anemone fish pinches one of the anemone’s tentacles.