By Katy Gill
This clownfish is definitely clowning about – as it can be seen dancing in and out of a dangerous anemone.
This footage shows a clownfish dashing in and out of the anemone, in order to immunise itself from its stinging walls to finally call the anemone home.
However, the clownfish luckily leaves the anemone unharmed – thanks to a protective mucous layer that encompasses the fish.
This video, showing the clownfish’s dance with death, was taken in Mombasa Marine Park in Kenya by Shazaad Kasmani.
Shazaad said: “The pink clownfish is elegantly dancing between the poisonous stinging tentacles of a sea anemone.
“The clownfish do not get stung, thanks to a special mucous layer that protects them from the anemone’s deadly venom – they are one of the very few types that can live within its deadly arms.
“It is quite common to find clownfish dwelling between the tentacles of sea anemones, and it occurs quite regularly as they both have a symbiotic relationship.
“When a clownfish finds a compatible sea anemone which is vacant and wants to call it home, it remarkably begins to immunise itself from the poison by gently touching every prat of its body.
“During this procedure a thicker layer of mucus is also formed on the clownfish’s body – it will keep touching the anemone’s poisonous tentacles until it no longer feels the effects of the stingers and is finally accepted as a new resident by the sea anemone.”